Legal writing tasks involve tradeoffs. If you want the document to be aesthetically pleasing as well as done on time, start early.

September 2022

The practice of law often requires attorneys to distill masses of information.

May 2022

Ryan McCarl's book Elegant Legal Writing will be published by the University of California Press in 2023

April 2022

Slides from last week's CLE to the Texas Office of the Attorney General

February 2022

Ryan McCarl discusses legal writing on the California Appellate Law Podcast.
Lawyers shouldn't start new writing projects with a blank page.

January 2022

How lawyers can use Microsoft Word to mark citations and create a Table of Authorities in briefs and motions.

November 2021

Writing comes easiest when you are fully absorbed in the work.
A central goal of this newsletter is to help you diagnose problems with turgid writing. You should develop a checklist of common problems to watch for…
Lawyers should write with their audience in mind.

July 2021

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.