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Legal writing is how you get the job done. If you’re a poor legal writer, it’s difficult to get anything done, especially when you’re facing an expert legal writer. And if you’re an expert legal writer, you don’t rest on your laurels. You’re always striving to sharpen your writing skills.
To help sharpen your legal writing, here’s a list of 16 legal writing insights.
Every dog has its day, but not every cliche has a place in your next filing. Legal writing can be so cliche-ridden that we decided to go the extra mile and bring you another installment of expressions that are as clear as mud.
To write persuasively and win court cases, lawyers need to learn to think like judges, and while getting inside a judge’s head isn't always easy, here are three tips for accomplishing it.
Long ago, I wrote legal briefs for a solo practitioner. My typical process: vomit the law on paper, shuttle it to my boss, scribble down his edits.
Greater emphasis is being placed on practical skills in legal education as schools acknowledge that it is crucial for law students to develop strong research and writing skills to succeed in practice.
For as long as lawyers have existed, their writing has been a subject of scorn. Philosopher Jeremy Bentham described lawyers’ writing as “excrementitious matter.”
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Analogies are a critical writing device in legal briefs, given the reliance of the U.S. legal system on precedent, but most attorneys aren’t using them to their full potential, according to a paper posted online on Friday on improving the use of analogies in legal arguments.
While the “pen may be mightier than the sword,” putting “pen to paper” is oftentimes the most daunting task.
The power of analogies lies in comparing two things for the purpose of persuasion.
The 10 law firms that file the largest number of briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court are more likely than firms that file fewer briefs to influence the final language used in high court opinions, according to a new study.
“Write less” … terrible advice for a writer, right?
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“Words are the building blocks of the law. If we aren’t fastidious with language it dilutes the effectiveness and clarity of the law.”
While the universe of potential blog posts—both good and bad—is infinite, following a handful of basic rules can help authors avoid the black holes that make blogging counterproductive.
What do Christmas, legal writing and nonfiction have in common? More than you think!
During legal research writing for international LL.M. student, I discuss the role of logos, pathos, and ethos as modes of persuasion for brief writing.
The first legal blog I ever wrote - a real piece of junk! At over 2000 words, it illustrates everything I loathe about bad blogging.
Grammar can be a difficult practice for some people, but if you are good at it, your writing will sound (and look) a lot better.
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