Legal Writing and Email

Legal Writing and Email

How the advice so far given applies to email; guidelines on emailing like a lawyer; taking care with attachments, recipients, and email chains.


In Client-Focused Legal Writing, we said that whether a document is well-written is ultimately a judgment your readers make. That judgment depends on whether your readers believe the document meets their needs and expectations. We also said that, by and large, good legal writing satisfies three criteria:

  • It’s clear.

  • It’s concise.

  • It’s engaging.

I. Potential Pitfalls of Email

That goes for everything you write for clients, from your longest advice memos to your briefest emails. But strangely, it’s...