Legal Writing

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

3 Months / 30 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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Course code: T14181

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

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.

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 3 Months access
  • 30 course hours
  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


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


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.

Your course begins immediately after you enroll.​

You have 3 months of access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period. You will have the opportunity to interact with other students in the online discussion area.

There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons within the allotted access period. Discussion areas for each lesson are open for the entire duration of the course.

Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.