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What is “legal writing?”:

What is “legal writing?” ... and what makes it different from other types of writing?

Litigation Documents:

Litigation Documents

“Legal Documents” You May Encounter:

3 “Legal Documents” You May Encounter Cases

“Legal Documents” You May Encounter:

4 “Legal Documents” You May Encounter Court Documents

“Legal Documents” You May Encounter:

5 “Legal Documents” You May Encounter Complaint

“Legal Documents” You May Encounter:

6 “Legal Documents” You May Encounter Answer

“Legal Documents” You May Encounter:

7 “Legal Documents” You May Encounter Motion

“Legal Documents” You May Encounter:

8 “Legal Documents” You May Encounter Order

“Legal Documents” You May Encounter:

9 “Legal Documents” You May Encounter Amicus Brief

“Legal Documents” You May Encounter:

10 “Legal Documents” You May Encounter Docket

“Legal Documents” You May Encounter:

11 “Legal Documents” You May Encounter Interrogatories Depositions Production of Documents ( subpoena duces tecum ) Physical and Mental Examinations Requests for Admission

“Legal Documents” You May Encounter:

12 “Legal Documents” You May Encounter Administrative Decisions

Laws, codes, statutes, ordinances, rules...:

Laws, codes, statutes, ordinances, rules... documents that affect your behaviors...

“Legal Documents” You May Encounter:

14 “Legal Documents” You May Encounter Statutes, Ordinances, Rules

Legal “Scholarship”:

Legal “Scholarship”

“Legal Documents” You May Encounter:

16 “Legal Documents” You May Encounter Commentary

“Legal Documents” You May Encounter:

17 “Legal Documents” You May Encounter Law Review Article

“Legal Documents” You May Encounter:

18 “Legal Documents” You May Encounter Law Practice Documents

“Legal Documents” You May Encounter:

19 “Legal Documents” You May Encounter Transactional Documents Contracts Licensing Agreements Business Formation Documents Regulatory Compliance Filings Policy Documents And more…

“Legal Documents” You May Encounter:

20 “Legal Documents” You May Encounter Facilitate Transactions Establish Ownership Protect and Control Assets Establish, Protect and Control Relationships Seek Remedies for Injuries Legal writing serves many functions:

“Legal Documents” You May Encounter:

21 “Legal Documents” You May Encounter Clients Opposition Other Attorneys Clients’ Adversaries Supervising Attorneys Colleagues Other Professionals Academics Legal writing serves many different audiences:

Documents You May Have to Draft:

22 Documents You May Have to Draft Objective Memoranda Persuasive Memoranda Research Papers Surveys Position Papers Policy Writings Internal/Corporate Policies Legislative/Lobbying Writings

Documents You May Have to Draft:

23 Documents You May Have to Draft Oral Presentations Articles For Publication Law Review – eh, not so much Trade Journals – you betcha ! Internal Publications ? ? ?

Lawyers’ Audiences:

24 Lawyers’ Audiences Clients Other Lawyers Adversaries The Court Legislators Bosses Underlings

Your Audiences:

25 Your Audiences Clients Colleagues Bosses Underlings Other Professionals