Legal Writing

Legal Writing

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

3 Months Access / 30 Course Hrs
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  • Syllabus
  • Requirements


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


  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.

Self-Guided Course Code: T14181