7 Keys To Drafting Effective Legal Briefs

Law360 (August 20, 2020, 4:25 PM EDT) -- One of the first misconceptions that is destroyed in law school is that effective legal writing is draped in the formalities of historical legal jargon — that the words of a good legal brief sound like an 18th century barrister reading from a dusty text.

Most will agree that the standout attribute of effective legal writing is clarity. Clarity is aided by simplicity. Simplicity requires the elimination of verbal clutter. Much of our verbal clutter comes from common legal writing ticks. These linguistic crutches mumble like throat clearing throughout a powerful oration.

The following is a thoroughly nonexhaustive checklist of steps...

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