Free Legal Writing Workshop – Monthly Meet-up – Bengaluru

“Legal writing is a type of technical writing used by lawyers, judges, legislators, and others in law to express legal analysis and legal rights and duties.” – Wikipedia

A lawyer's competence is at times judged based on his ability to write persuasive, clear and accurate documents. This online free course is intended for students wishing to improve their ability to write sharp, clear prose, to edit their own and others’ writing, and to become more proficient and efficient at composing and organizing written documents.

Learning Objectives

  • Contract drafting
  • Document drafting
  • Research methods
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Structured writing
  • Issues of style and syntax
  • Legal referencing, citations and quotations (including plagiarism awareness)
  • Writing of a research proposal
  • Structure, style, layout and content
  • Analyzing and conceptualizing legal issues.
  • Organizing strategies (outlining, decision trees, cluster diagrams).
  • Structuring legal arguments and documents (macro & microstructure).
  • Using core writing techniques, including clarity, cohesion, concision, and Plain English concerns.
  • Writing strong introductions and conclusions.
  • Mastering objective v. persuasive techniques.
  • Using new editing techniques.
  • Sharpening efficient writing and editing skills using timed assignments.
  • Improving oral skills presenting legal analysis to clients and senior lawyers.
  • Inter-active writing exercises
  • Find, interpret and use various types of legal authorities
  • Using legal authorities
  • Write a legal analysis
  • Draft a Memorandum of Law
  • Write a brief case opinion
  • Engage in various forms of legal writing
  • Grammar exercises
  • Legal vocabulary
  • Legal glossary

Learn the history and foundation of legal writing. 2. Develop a clear and effective writing style; learn to use logic in developing written legal arguments; analyze judicial opinions and fact situations. 3. Practice writing client correspondence, complaints, motions, memoranda of points and authorities, intraoffice memoranda, and other legal documents

Features of Legal Writing

  • Authority
  • Precedent
  • Vocabulary
  • Formality

Categories of Legal Writing

  • Predictive legal analysis
  • Persuasive legal analysis
  • Legal drafting
  • Legal Writing in academia

William Safire's Rules For Writers

  1. Remember to never split an infinitive.
  2. The passive voice should never be used.
  3. Do not put statements in the negative form.
  4. Verbs have to agree with their subjects.
  5. Proofread carefully to see if you words out.
  6. If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be by rereading and editing.
  7. A writer must not shift your point of view.
  8. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction. (Remember, too, a preposition is a terrible word to end a sentence with.)
  9. Don't overuse exclamation marks!!
  10. Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents.
  11. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
  12. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
  13. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.
  14. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
  15. Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.
  16. Always pick on the correct idiom.
  17. The adverb always follows the verb.
  18. Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague; seek viable alternatives.

Courtesy: http: //giveit2meinwriting.blogspot.in

Reference Books

  • the ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation
  • The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation
  • Beyond the Basics: A Text for Advanced Legal Writing – Ray & Cox
  • Manual on Usage & Style – Texas Law Review
  • The Elements of Legal Style
  • The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style
  • Charrow, Erhardt & Charrow, Clear and Effective Legal Writing, Aspen 4th edition
  • Legal Research and Bibliography
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss (2003)
  • Fowler's Modern English Usage
  • The Elements of Style, Strunk and White
  • Thinking on Paper, V.A. Howard and J.H. Barton (1986)
  • Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing, 2nd edition, by William H. Putman
  • Legal Research and Writing Across the Curriculum: Problems and Exercises, by Michael D. Murray and Christy H. DeSanctis
  • Oran’s Dictionary of the Law, 4th Edition
  • Linda H. Edwards, Legal Writing: Process, Analysis, and Organization (5th ed. 2010)
  • Michael D. Murray & Christy H. DeSanctis, Legal Research Methods (2010)
  • Garner, Legal Writing in Plain English – A Text with Exercises (University of Chicago Press: 2001)
  • Kwaw, The Guide to Legal Analysis, Legal Methodology and Legal Writing (Cavendish 1992)
  • Oates, et al., The Legal Writing Handbook – Research, Analysis and Writing (Little Brown and Company Ltd: 1993)
  • Smith, Legal Research and Writing (Patrick Stephens Limited, 2001)
  • MLegal Reasoning and Writing for International Graduate Students 2d Edition by Nadia E.Nedzel (Nedzel)

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