Taken from the briefing Writing for Lawyers: A Whirlwind Tour of Legal Writing Fundamentals recorded June 2012.
In the age of email communication, legal writing remains a critical skill for attorneys in all practice areas. Whether you are drafting a quick email or an appellate brief, your written work product must be clear, concise and confident. But in the rush of life and work, even good writers often stray from the basics of strong, clear writing. In this briefing, Dianne Rosky, Founder and Principal of Rosky Legal Education LLC, will review practical strategies for eliminating the most common legal writing weaknesses.
Using examples and exercises, we’ll cover core writing strategies on four levels: document organization, paragraph cohesion, sentence structure, and word choice. You will learn (or relearn) the basics of effective writing.
Lecture Topics [Total Time: 01:03:16]
- Communicate a clear big-picture structure
- Use topic sentences and paragraph structure to reinforce your points
- Draft concrete, concise sentences
- Eliminate unnecessary hedging
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