Clients and colleagues prefer brevity over verbosity. In Part 2 of this 4-Part practical webinar series, you will receive tips on how to use fewer words in your legal writing. By writing concisely, you will reduce the amount of time it takes for readers to review your emails and documents.
After covering conciseness, you will then shift your focus to attention to detail. When clients detect attention to detail, they gain trust in their lawyer’s ability to provide legal services. However, when clients detect sloppiness, they doubt whether a lawyer has the competency to meet their needs. You will also learn about the most common grammar and spelling mistakes made by lawyers to ensure you prevent these errors in your writing.
Upon course completion, you will be able to:
- Omit unnecessary words
- Condense verbose phrases
- Write in the active voice – but also, determine when the passive voice is more appropriate
- Steer clear of costly grammar mistakes
- Feel confident about whether to use the Oxford comma (a.k.a. the serial comma)
- Avoid the traps of technological aids, such as “spell-check”