Legal stylists disagree on how often lawyers should use footnotes and what they should use them for.
When citing precedents, you often need to provide some factual context to assure the reader that they apply.
Referring to judges correctly and deferentially is a nonnegotiable requirement of strong legal writing.
Your prose should be understated and focused on effective persuasion.
Think twice the next time you consider writing that something is "crystal clear."
Cultivate a style that is simple and direct.
Readers instinctively turn away from any text that looks like it will be difficult to slog through.
Every detail you include in a legal document should be there for a reason.
Cognitive science concepts can help writers organize their texts.
Ditch terms like "whereas" and phrases like "comes now before the court."
Even strong writers have room to improve.
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