Your voice, our method: the legal writing solution
Based on our extensive experience working with law firms, law departments, and judges nationwide, we have found that truly effective writing programs must address these pervasive problems:
Senior lawyers complain about and rewrite junior staff's drafts far too often. Judges make the same comment about the work of clerks.
Junior lawyers complain that, while they may be edited ferociously, they don't learn as quickly or as much as they should from the process.
Judges complain about briefs - even from top-rank firms - that are "well-written" by some standards, but fail to meet their needs, and therefore fail to persuade.
Lawyers complain that judges' opinions run the gamut from uninstructive to unimpressive to impenetrable.
Business people complain that outside and in-house counsel send them memos and letters that are not only expensive but also fail to help them improve their business decisions.
Citizens complain that government agency regulations and responses to their inquiries are unreadable, fail to help them understand their specific problem, and do not spell out clearly what actions they can take. And agency staff often respond by noting that they have been given insufficient training in how to improve the situation.
A writing program for legal professionals ought to be judged by exacting, practical standards that correspond to these challenges. The programs can be tailored to the specific type of firm or attorney group, such as transactional, real estate, patent, bankruptcy, securities, or tax. Our programs with law firms address:
Editing: Teach the firm's lawyers to become more efficient editors. We provide the tools that enable supervising lawyers to diagnose writing problems more quickly and accurately and enable all of your lawyers to edit their own writing more effectively.
Feedback: Transform the firm's lawyers into more effective teacher-communicators. We provide the vocabulary for giving more constructive feedback. Although many lawyers are in fact good writers, few can articulate clearly and precisely why they are. With LAWriters's help, these good writers will be able to pass their skills on to others.
Persuasion: Train the firm's litigators and non-litigators alike to be powerful, persuasive writers. We teach lawyers what judges, legislators, and regulators want and how to deliver it with higher probabilities of success.
Practical Value: Show the firm's lawyers how to be compelling communicators for all of their audiences. We create this advantage by demonstrating how all readers--judges, lawyers, and especially clients--approach any document and how a writer can use that attitude constructively. By applying LAWriters's methods, the firm's lawyers will send out documents that clearly help readers, are easy to read, and use readers' time wisely.
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"When I was introduced to LAWriters's legal writing and editing techniques, I fully expected more of the same old stuff, and I was prepared to criticize it. But I have to confess, their approach to legal writing, and contract drafting in particular, is very close to the principles that I employ in my legal practice. I endorse their methodology and approach without reservation.
- Peter Hughes, Shepherd Ross, LLC
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