Legal Writing Skills & Techniques (Update)
Created on May 28, 2020
Legal writing can be simple, explosive, dynamic, and actually interesting. It is one of the most important parts of our craft. Writing can be empowered through engaging language, a good narrative strategy, streamlined structure, and the employment of effective visual devices - all of which can add considerable force to what you have to say.
Experienced appellate attorney Erica Dubno discusses the art of legal writing. The techniques suggested here can be utilized in any form of legal writing from letters to appellate briefs. This course is relevant for civil and criminal practitioners at all levels.
- Identify how to structure your writing to exploit favorable facts and to use quotations from the record as powerful subheads
- Review different ways to employ metaphors and exhibits
- Develop techniques for using language to be more forceful and appropriate for specific issues
- Use technology including electronic filing to strengthen your writing
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