Your Legal Writing Resolution ... Write Better Now! Upgrade Your Legal Writing With These 11 Articles

Posted on 10-28-2017 by
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Legal writing overhaul ... today (don’t wait till January to make that all-important legal writing resolution).

Legal writing is the heart and soul of your legal practice. Because the machinery of the law depends on briefs, motions and complaints, legal writing fuels the world you work in. This means that if you’re a poor legal writer, your legal practice is sick at the core.  

So if you’re a poor legal writer or a good legal writer needing an upgrade to “great,” now’s the time to sharpen your pen ... to transform your writing into a formidable weapon. Your better-writing resolution can’t wait till New Years. Make it your November resolution to become a better legal writer today.

To help with your writing resolution, try these 11 articles on better legal writing. 

Summer associates identify writing and legal research skills required on the job

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.

 Bad Legal Writing Cut Down To Size In Age Of Short Attention Spans

For as long as lawyers have existed, their writing has been a subject of scorn. Philosopher Jeremy Bentham described lawyers’ writing as “excrementitious matter.”

Improve Analogies For Better Legal Briefs

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.

How To Think Like A Judge And Be A Better Legal Writer

To write persuasively and win court cases, lawyers need to learn to think like judges, according to an academic paper published Thursday, and while getting inside a judge’s head isn't always easy, the paper’s author offers three tips for accomplishing it.

Superior legal writing’s damn hardest discipline …. walking away

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.

Top 5 Productive Legal Writing Tools [Infographic]

While the “pen may be mightier than the sword,” putting “pen to paper” is oftentimes the most daunting task.

5 Legal Cliches That Could Land You In Hot Water

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.

Art of the analogy: 4-minute lesson featuring baseball & the late Justice Scalia

The power of analogies lies in comparing two things for the purpose of persuasion.

Are you lukewarm to legal blogging? If so, let this catalyst thunder through your head

The first legal blog I ever wrote -  a real piece of junk! At over 2000 words, it illustrates everything I loathe about bad blogging:

The 10 Law Firms Influencing The Supreme Court's Writing

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.

The legal blog strategy that everyone’s afraid to preach: Write less!

“Write less” … terrible advice for a writer, right? Stephen King thinks so. He once said:


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