Legal drafting: 5 simple ways to improve your legal drafting skills as a lawyer

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Legal drafting: 5 simple ways to improve your legal drafting skills as a lawyer

In this article, we shall distinguish between legal drafting and legal writing and then state the various ways to improve in legal drafting and legal writing skills.

The technical writing engaged in by lawyers falls into two classes, referred to as legal writing and legal drafting. Legal writing embraces all kinds of expository writing including that encountered in correspondence, legal opinions and text books on legal subjects, as well as reports of decided cases in which judges set forth their reasons for decision. Legal drafting is the composition of legal instruments such as contracts, deeds, wills and legislation.

Legal writing involves the analysis of fact patterns and presentation of arguments in documents such as legal memoranda and briefs. One form of legal writing involves drafting a balanced analysis of a legal problem or issue. Another form of legal writing is persuasive, and advocates in favor of a legal position.

Legal writing and legal drafting are the main duties of a lawyer. It is expected that every lawyer should be abreast with the skills of legal writing and drafting.

There are several ways to improve your legal writing and legal drafting skills which includes:

  1. Try and always organize your writings: Organizational structure guides the reader through the text and promotes readability. Clearly introduce your subject or topic in an introductory paragraph and use transitional phrases where necessary.
  2. Avoid legalese : unnecessary use of legal jargon can make your writing abstract and archaic. Substitute the legal jargon with simple words and phrases.
  3. Be mindful of your audience: Wrte to impress your audience. Everything you write should be tailored to the needs of your audience. Always aim to capture the interest of your audience while writing.
  4. Be concise and unambiguous: Every word or sentence in your writing should convey a new message and not reiterating what has been said. Avoid unnecessary repetition and redundancies. Ambiguous writing is a layman’s writing.
  5. Carefully edit after writing and discard unnecessary jargon. proofread your written work carefully, correct spellings and grammatical errors.
  6. Use action words and also avoid passive voice.

For fast improvement on your legal writing and legal drafting skills, always use the precedents. read them, practice always even with fictitious scenario.

 

 

Onuorah Chibuzor Michael by name, born 11th September,1990, From Anambra state, Nigeria

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