Legal Writing: 8 things you can do
The 8 best things you can do to improve your legal-writing style.
This advice is for analytical and persuasive writing, not for legal drafting. And I must add, thanks to a commenter, that these relate to mechanics, not to substance:
- Avoid heavy connectors.
- Minimize passive voice.
- Consistently apply connections and transitions.
- Use words precisely and consult the best sources to be sure youÂre right.
- Master the comma, the semicolon, the colon, and the dash.
- Choose the vigorous, the crisp, and the conversational over the abstract, the stuffy, and the formal.
- Choose the succinct over the verbose.
- Seek critique.
Better Legal Writing
Writing for the Legal Audience