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The long and the short of writing an internal legal memo
Posted on 28 May 2008 by Jess Carter

You have been assigned to draft your first internal legal memorandum for a particular partner. What approach should you take? How much detail should you include? What aspects of the legal issue should you cover? It’s your job to find out. The... Read More

Drafting a Successful Motion for Summary Judgment
Posted on 4 Mar 2011 by Lexis Hub Staff

You’ve been making progress at the firm, and now you’re drafting pre-trial motions. Are you ready to work on a motion for summary judgment? Why Firms Seek Summary Judgment When the material facts of a controversy are not in dispute... Read More

Effective Legal Writing
Posted on 13 Jun 2008 by AME3bg

Although most graduating law students and new attorneys understand the need to gain experience in the substantive areas of law, most feel relatively confident about their writing skills. Such confidence may be misplaced, however, as the requirements for... Read More

Lifting the Fog of Legalese Targets Wide Audience: Plain Language for Everyone
Posted on 22 Feb 2008 by AME3bg

It strikes everyone as an extreme case of the evils of jargon when a man is tried by a law he can't read, in a court which uses a language he can't understand. --A.P. Rossiter, Our Living Language p. 86 (1953) (quoted in J. Kimble, Lifting... Read More

Action! How to Draft a Pleading
Posted on 24 Jun 2008 by Jess Carter

You need to initiate a legal action on behalf of one of your firm’s clients. Of course your overall objective is to put the opponent on notice. But whether the action involves personal injury, breach of contract, wrongful death, or any other issue... Read More

You have what it takes to research and write an open memo
Posted on 28 May 2008 by Jess Carter

An open memo discusses preliminary research on an issue, presents recommendations, and suggests additional research and inquiry that a senior attorney may wish to pursue to form his or her own conclusions and determine a specific course of action. ... Read More

Improving Your Legal Writing through Blog Reading
Posted on 13 Feb 2009 by Duplicate-Do Not Use-Lisa McManus

If you’re reading this, you’re interested in improving your writing skills and you have internet access. Lucky you! Blogs on improving legal writing skills abound. Here are a few that I’ve found to be helpful: The (new) Legal Writer... Read More

Legal Writing 201: Writing for the Real World
Posted on 5 Mar 2008 by AME3bg

In most ABA-approved law schools, “Legal Research and Writing” is a class that gives far more work than credits and is typically a law student’s first exposure to one of the most important skills they will need as an attorney: writing... Read More

Document Preparation
Posted on 4 Feb 2008 by AME3bg

In most movies and television shows, lawyers are shown interviewing clients, investigating the facts, and making witty, barbed comments when examining a witness on the witness stand. However, for most attorneys, document preparation is one of the most... Read More

Crunched for Time? Don't Cut Back on the Basics
Posted on 10 Oct 2008 by AME3bg

While you might be tempted to submit a pleading or brief without proofreading it because of time limitations, you might want to think twice about that. As Shannon P. Duffy reported in the Legal Intelligencer , one attorney had his requested attorney fees... Read More

Writing for the Partners at Your Firm
Posted on 13 Feb 2009 by Duplicate-Do Not Use-Lisa McManus

By the time that you graduate from law school, you probably feel that you have a pretty good concept of legal writing, especially if you have an undergrad degree that concentrated heavily in drafting. Before you get too confident, I’ll share a story... Read More

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  • Blog Post: Document Preparation

    In most movies and television shows, lawyers are shown interviewing clients, investigating the facts, and making witty, barbed comments when examining a witness on the witness stand. However, for most attorneys, document preparation is one of the most important aspects of their responsibilities. Litigators...
  • Blog Post: Lifting the Fog of Legalese Targets Wide Audience: Plain Language for Everyone

    It strikes everyone as an extreme case of the evils of jargon when a man is tried by a law he can't read, in a court which uses a language he can't understand. --A.P. Rossiter, Our Living Language p. 86 (1953) (quoted in J. Kimble, Lifting the Fog of Legalese: Essays on Plain Language p....
  • Blog Post: Legal Writing 201: Writing for the Real World

    In most ABA-approved law schools, “Legal Research and Writing” is a class that gives far more work than credits and is typically a law student’s first exposure to one of the most important skills they will need as an attorney: writing. Most legal writing classes cover the basics –...
  • Blog Post: The long and the short of writing an internal legal memo

    You have been assigned to draft your first internal legal memorandum for a particular partner. What approach should you take? How much detail should you include? What aspects of the legal issue should you cover? It’s your job to find out. The best writing approach may depend on your firm’s...
  • Blog Post: You have what it takes to research and write an open memo

    An open memo discusses preliminary research on an issue, presents recommendations, and suggests additional research and inquiry that a senior attorney may wish to pursue to form his or her own conclusions and determine a specific course of action. Working on an open memo is an excellent way to...
  • Blog Post: Effective Legal Writing

    Although most graduating law students and new attorneys understand the need to gain experience in the substantive areas of law, most feel relatively confident about their writing skills. Such confidence may be misplaced, however, as the requirements for writing prose and writing legal documents differ...
  • Blog Post: Crunched for Time? Don't Cut Back on the Basics

    While you might be tempted to submit a pleading or brief without proofreading it because of time limitations, you might want to think twice about that. As Shannon P. Duffy reported in the Legal Intelligencer , one attorney had his requested attorney fees slashed for his “slip-shod submissions”...
  • Blog Post: Writing for the Partners at Your Firm

    By the time that you graduate from law school, you probably feel that you have a pretty good concept of legal writing, especially if you have an undergrad degree that concentrated heavily in drafting. Before you get too confident, I’ll share a story with you about my wake-up call. I graduated summa...
  • Blog Post: Improving Your Legal Writing through Blog Reading

    If you’re reading this, you’re interested in improving your writing skills and you have internet access. Lucky you! Blogs on improving legal writing skills abound. Here are a few that I’ve found to be helpful: The (new) Legal Writer AdamsDrafting Bad Language Party of the...
  • Blog Post: Drafting a Successful Motion for Summary Judgment

    You’ve been making progress at the firm, and now you’re drafting pre-trial motions. Are you ready to work on a motion for summary judgment? Why Firms Seek Summary Judgment When the material facts of a controversy are not in dispute, your firm can seek to prevail by making a motion...