What I Wish I'd Known About Legal Writing

2 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2014

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Wayne Schiess

University of Texas School of Law

Date Written: December 16, 2014


Here are four things I wish I'd know about legal writing. I went to law school thinking law was primarily an oral profession -- that lawyers mostly talked. I was surprised, once I got into practice, at how much writing lawyers did. I wish I'd known that law was a writing profession, that mastering legal writing would take time, that the time demands of practice would hamper improvement, and that there were excellent sources on legal writing available.

Keywords: legal writing, writing, editing, time, write, edit, sources, guides, study, practice, mastery, practice

Suggested Citation

Schiess, Wayne, What I Wish I'd Known About Legal Writing (December 16, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2539157

Wayne Schiess (Contact Author)

University of Texas School of Law ( email )

727 East Dean Keeton St.
Austin, TX 78705
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.utexas.edu/law

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