LawProse Lesson #422: Why do lawyers need writing instruction?

LawProse Lesson #422: Why do lawyers need writing instruction?

A threefold answer:

  1. They must clearly perceive the significant place that writing occupies in every phase of their practice. Clients’ futures depend on lawyers’ effectiveness in putting their thoughts into words—upgrading their thoughts, and expressing them with utmost clarity.
  2. Few lawyers are nearly as good with language as they think they are. Effective instruction is sobering: it helps lawyers understand what might be possible if, without self-delusion, they could reach their true potential.
  3. Instead of fearing the necessity of writing, lawyers should relish it. Only if lawyers embrace the literary side of their profession can they enjoy it and learn to excel at it. Effective instruction should leave legal writers with a sense of mission, anticipation, and exhilaration.

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