SKILL LEVEL

Summer Associate Writing

The Summer Associate Writing workshop takes summers on a journey through the most popular writing techniques for junior attorneys, including writing the perfect memo, tackling tricky research projects, honing your writing style, and crafting your message for colleagues, clients, and more! 

Type

Workshop

Audience

Summer associates

Versions

90 min. or 3 hours

Format

In-person or live

Topics

Writing the Perfect Memo • Tackling Tough Legal Issues • Honing Your Writing Style • Tailoring Your Writing

SEE IT IN ACTION

Take a sneak peak at the Summer Associate Writing workshop

Explore sample techniques and skills featured in this workshop.

The most powerful writing science is pretty simple.

Decision-makers are 4x more likely to agree with advocates who are likeable in their writing.

Annoying writers aren’t nice to readers...

Confusing/Ambiguous
Leave readers guessing
Drone on and on
Boring

Likable writers are nice to readers...

Simple and familiar words
Simple and clear sentences
Offer only what matters
Do the work for readers

ANNOYING WRITER

The Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. 924(e), requires “imposition of a minimum 15-year term of imprisonment for individuals convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm under 18 U.S.C. 922(g), who have three prior state or federal convictions for violent felonies or serious drug offenses.” 18 U.S.C. 924(e). Section 924(e) “defines serious drug offenses as those punishable by imprisonment for 10 years or more,” and it defines "violent felonies as those (1) that have an element of threat, attempt, or use of physical force against another, (2) that involve burglary, arson, or extortion, or (3) that constitute crime similar to burglary, arson, or extortion.” Begay, 553 U.S., at 146, 128 S.Ct. 1581. Congress states that “said individuals make up a small percentage of repeat offenders, and yet, these offenders commit a large percentage of crimes involving a firearm.” Id. 

LIKABLE WRITER

Americans can be put in jail for poking fun at the government? This was a surprise to America’s Finest News Source and an uncomfortable learning experience for its editorial team. ...

First, the obvious: The Onion’s business model was threatened. This was only the latest occasion on which the absurdity of actual events managed to eclipse what The Onion’s staff could make up. Much more of this, and the front page of The Onion would be indistinguishable from The New York Times. 

Ready to level up your team’s legal writing?

WORKSHOP TOPICS

See what’s covered in Summer Associate Writing

Our summer associate program is a mix of our most popular legal writing techniques, designed specifically to empower summers so they can thrive at the firm. We assembled these topics based on feedback straight from the summers and summer-training teams. 
  Workshop topics can change due to regular updates and improvements

90-Minute Version

   Introduction

How to Thrive as a Legal Writer
Why Legal Writing Can Make or Break Your Summer

  The Techniques

Distilling Your Document’s Takeaways
Crafting Your Document’s Sections
Organizing Your Points
Honing Your Stye
Tailoring Your Message

   Review & Wrap-Up

Companion Course: Leveling Up Your Writing

3-Hour Version

   Introduction

How to Thrive as a Legal Writer
Why Legal Writing Can Make or Break Your Summer

  The Techniques

Distilling Your Document’s Takeaways
Crafting Your Document’s Sections
Organizing Your Points
Honing Your Stye
Tailoring Your Message
Editing Like a Pro
Writing Mechanics Pitfalls
Legal Research Tactics
Writing About the Law
Advanced Writing Style

   Review & Wrap-Up

Gameshow Review + Prizes
Companion Course: Leveling Up Your Writing

COMPANION COURSE

Leveling Up Your Writing

The Summer Associate Writing workshop comes with a companion course: Leveling Up Your Writing. This course covers key writing techniques that will help your team cement their skills after the workshop.

HOW IT WORKS

Writing workshops made easy

Write.law makes it easy to plan your next workshop or workshop series. From choosing your topics to onboarding your team—we’re here to help every step of the way.
STEP 1

Choose your workshop

Pick a workshop (or workshops) from our online menu. Or contact our team to discuss the best workshops for your team.
STEP 2

Seamless scheduling

Our automated scheduling tool makes it easy and convenient to find dates and times that work for you and your team.
STEP 3

Onboarding

After you schedule your workshop, the Write.law team will reach out with detailed information about next steps and how to onboard your team.
STEP 4

Workshop day!

We host virtual workshops on Zoom. If you chose an in-person workshop, our trainer will travel to your preferred office or other location.
STEP 5

Post-workshop practice

Learning doesn’t end after workshop day! Your team can keep practicing their skills with online, self-paced lessons related to your workshop topic.
STEP 6

Workshop debrief

After your workshop, the Write.law team will share a debrief covering key stats and info about how everything went with your program.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Writing workshops  that deliver real results

Write.law workshops are led by legal writing expert and Write.law co-founder, Joe Regalia. No more boring talking heads. Your team will write, interact, and explore their new skills together. Plus each workshop comes with its on self-paced companion course.
Presentation
Workbook
Companion Course
Virtual or In-Person
Onboarding
WORKBOOK

Follow along and revisit later

Companion workbooks feature pre-workshop homework, as well as a breakdown of all the writing techniques covered in the workshop. Participants can download and save workbooks to revisit later. 
PRESENTATION

Engaging and interactive presentations

Write.law workshops feature engaging and interactive presentations from Write.law co-founder and trainer, Joe Regalia. Each presentation covers concrete techniques for improving your writing, real-world examples from top advocates, and practice to cement what you’ve learned. 
COMPANION COURSE

Companion courses for additional practice

Write.law Workshops comes with self-paced companion courses hosted on Write.law’s online training platform. Participants can learn and practice new writing skills before and after workshop day.
VIRTUAL OR IN-PERSON TRAINING

Virtual or in-person training

Virtual and in-person workshops both have a lot to offer. Go virtual to let your team learn from anywhere—all from the convenience of their office or home. In-person workshops are great for team building or all-day programs.
ONBOARDING

Onboarding your team is a breeze

We make it easy to schedule and show up for workshop day. Use our automated workshop scheduler to book your dates in under five minutes. The Write.law team will send onboarding instructions, workbooks, and everything you need before workshop day.

PRO SERVICES

Add coaching or a writing review

Get more from your writing workshop by adding virtual coaching or an in-depth writing review.

Virtual Coaching

1-1 coaching • 30 minute sessions
Add one-on-one coaching to your workshop. It’s the fastest way to improve individual writing skills.
  • Pre-coaching survey
  • 1-1 sessions (30 minutes each)
  • Flexible packages

Writing Review

1 document • Up to 15 pages
Have Write.law co-founder and renowned writing expert, Joe Regalia, review up to ten pages of your writing.
  • Review by Write.law co-founder Joe Regalia 
  • Inline comments and feedback 
  • Writing report and recommendations

MEET YOUR TRAINER

Elite Training by 
World-Class Talent

About Joe Regalia

Joe is a law professor, trainer, and attorney with a passion for legal writing, persuasion science, and technology.
Joe is a law professor, trainer, and attorney with a passion for legal writing, persuasion science, and technology. He combines his experience as both practitioner and professor to create exciting new ways to teach legal skills. Before co-founding Write.law, Joe graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, clerked for the Ninth Circuit, and worked as an associate at top AmLaw 100 firms.
Joe heads up Write.law's legal skills training team. He is also 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. 

About Write.law

We are on a mission to make legal skills training effective, easy to use, and engaging.
The legal industry is undergoing a tectonic shift. Technology, new business models, and evolving client needs are reshaping what it means to practice law. And that means the skills attorneys need to thrive are changing, too. 
Write.law’s core goal is to help attorneys see real results in their legal writing and other practice skill. We spent years studying and compiling science-backed and effective legal writing techniques used by the world’s best lawyers. Then we built courses and workshops using the latest educational science so that lawyers can become better legal writers step-by-step.

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Level up your legal writing

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