Setting Your Objective in Legal Writing

January 10, 2012

The most efficient legal writing process requires having a clear goal in mind before you start typing.

The next time you sit in front of a blank page, close your eyes and think about your goal.  You may want the judge to grant your client summary judgment, or you may aspire to cover a discrete issue objectively and comprehensively in a memo.  If you’re like me, you might even jot the goal down on a nearby pad.

By taking this moment to crystallize your goal, you will save yourself time in editing later on.  And when you are tempted to go down a tangential path in research or text, you can ask easily ascertain whether it will further the goal that you have defined.

Solo and small firm attorneys should contact me by email or phone at 608-620-3529 to schedule a free consultation.

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