skill path

Essential Legal Writing

Master the essentials of good writing from building beautiful sentences to high-level organization. This skill path is ideal for all legal professionals who want to improve their core writing skills.
Type

Skill
Path

Skill Level

All Skill
Levels

Lessons

175+
Lessons

Format

Online
Course

Duration

2 to 3
Months

Certificate of Completion

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Essential writing skills for legal professionals

If you're in the legal profession, you can't avoid this one simple truth: Writing is essential. Whether you're a litigator, a transactional attorney, or a paralegal—writing clearly and persuasively matters. A lot. Fortunately, this comprehensive writing Skill Path has all the techniques you'll need to become a better legal writer.

Improve your writing mechanics and grammar

Get up to speed on writing basics like proper punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure.

Elevate your writing style and organization skills

Level up your prose with techniques on how to choose better words and build powerful sentences. Then learn how to tie your writing together with effective organization.

Harness the power of writing and persuasion science

Learn to use basic cognitive science principles that will help readers pay more attention, remember more of what you say, and ultimately, become persuaded.

Discover everything you'll learn

Learn everything you need to know about effective writing—  from basic writing science principles to effective writing style to using visual aids and editing checklists.

Writing science fundamentals

Understand cognitive science principles that will help improve how readers process your writing.

Legal writing process

Discover step-by-step techniques that will help you get words on the page and finish your writing project.

Organization and structure

Learn how to organize your ideas so that they are logical and easy for your readers to process.

Tell engaging stories

Make your writing more persuasive and readable by weaving storytelling into your writing.

Avoid common missteps

Learn how to avoid common writing mistakes that pop up in legal writing time and time again.

Top writing reminders

Follow our basic writing reminders to make your prose easier to read and more credible.

Choose the right words

Discover how to punch up your legal writing by choosing powerful words and cutting clutter.

Build better sentences

Learn some essential techniques to help you craft clear, readable, and persuasive sentences.

Writing style, visuals, and editing

Round out your training with lessons on writing style, incorporating visuals into your writing, and effective editing.

Legal writing made easy

It's time to level up your legal skills.
175+
LESSONS
50+
SIMULATIONS
30+
Downloadables

Course contents

About Write.law

We are on a mission to make legal skills training effective, easy to use, and engaging.
Write.law’s core goal is to help attorneys see real results in their skills training. We spent years studying and compiling science-backed and effective legal writing, practice, and technology skills used by the world's best lawyers. Then we built workshops and interactive courses using the latest educational science so that lawyers can learn new skills step-by-step. 
Our training is headed by Professor Joe Regalia and our legal skills team. Professor Regalia graduated first in his class at the University of Michigan Law School, clerked for federal trial and appellate courts, practiced at AmLaw 100 firms, and is a member of the faculty at the William S. Boyd School of Law—the number one ranked law school for legal writing skills and research. Joe regularly leads training for leading firms and organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, the Department of Justice, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. 
Our workshops and self-paced training are interactive, engaging, and drive real results. Our platform offers the largest library of legal skills training in the world. And our hybrid model of live and on-demand learning can replace or supplement just about every aspect of your training program. 

Our amazing clients

What people are saying

Thanks to Write.law's innovative approach, I improved my legal writing and am now an intellectual property associate at a top firm.
Nancy Snow, Bayramoglu Law Offices LLC
Write.law is an outstanding platform. It is accessible, resource-rich, affordable, and—dare I say it—fun.
Linda Mercurio, Associate Professor at Howard Community College
Write.law's training fundamentally changed my legal writing. My first drafts got better and I finished them faster.
Alex Velto, Associate Attorney at Hutchison & Steffen LLP

Why good writing really matters

If you're in the legal profession, odds are you write something everyday. And writing is becoming more important—not less. Needless to say, strong writing skills are in high demand.
This Skill Path has everything you need to become a great writer, including:
  • Understanding the cognitive science behind good writing
  • Basic grammar, punctuation, and writing mechanics
  • Simple techniques to improve your writing style and organization
With a little dedication and practice, you can see real improvements in your writing in no time.

Frequently asked questions

How long will I have access to this course?

If you purchase this course by itself, you'll have unlimited access to it for one year. If you purchase as part of a Write.law membership, you will have access for as long as you remain a member.

Can I download cheat sheets, checklists, and other Write.law resources from this course?

Yes! This course is full of PDF resources that you are welcome to download and keep for your own use.

Why should I become a Write.law member?

Write.law members get access to all our Skill Paths, Deep Dive courses, and up to 12 live workshops each year. You also get instant access to any new content we release while you're a member. Plus, becoming a member unlocks the most comprehensive legal skills training in the world. Who wouldn't want that?

Can I cancel my membership at any time?

Yes! You can cancel your membership at anytime. Your membership will auto-renew until you cancel.

Can I buy this course or get a Write.law membership for my organization?

Absolutely. We have volume discounts for law firms, law schools, and other organizations. Contact us for more information.

I really want this course, but I can't afford it. What should I do?

Part of our mission is to make legal skills training accessible to as many people as possible. If you really can't afford one of our products, please contact us and let us know your situation and what products interest you. We'll do everything we can to help.

It's time to level up your lawyering