Best Practices for Legal Writing

Best Practices for Legal Writing

Polishing legal writing skills takes time, but following some best practices in your editing can ensure you develop a polished final product.


Legal writing is generally designed for a specific audience: lawyers and judges. Therefore, there are some common usage rules that apply to legal writing. Of course, each lawyer and judge is different, and practicing attorneys must bear in mind the particular audience of the writing at a given point in time. But, this brief introduction to best practices for legal writing will give you an overview of some of the main usage rules applied to legal writing.

I. Make Assertions, Not Arguments