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Legal Writing   

This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of legal writing, including reasoning and analysis.

Learn to develop effective and accurate legal communications through the use of critical thinking and legal authorities to support conclusions.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of legal writing, including reasoning and analysis.
  1. Importance of legal writing in the legal field
  2. Goal of legal writing
  3. Drafting documents in legal writing
  4. Constructing effective sentences in legal writing
    1. Precision and simplicity
    2. Sound structure
    3. Using active voice
  5. Using defined terms in legal writing
  6. Word usage in legal writing
  7. Redundancies
  8. Commonly misused words in legal writing
  9. Reviewing legal documents
  10. Using FIRAC in legal analysis

What you will learn

  • Drafting written documents for legal purposes
  • Construction of effective sentences
  • Use of defined legal terms
  • Word usage in legal writing

How you will benefit

  • Anyone entering law school will benefit from the knowledge and principles provided by this course.


Legal Writing
Fee: $145.00
Dates: 5/1/2022 - 7/31/2022
Delivery Method: Online

This course is offered through our partners at ed2go.  These courses are fun, fast, convenient, easy to use, and led by an expert instructor.  Courses run for six weeks and you have 24/7 access to two lessons each week. Each lesson is accompanied by a short, multiple-choice quiz, and some lessons include hands-on assignments.

You will receive an e-mail with course access information upon completion of your enrollment.

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