The purpose of legal writing is to assist professional readers (PR) charged with making time-sensitive decisions about serious legal matters. As a law student, your PR’s include law professors, tutors, teaching assistants, bar graders, and potential employers – readers charged with making decisions about your admission to the legal profession. As an attorney, your PR’s include clients, employers, supervisors, colleagues, opposing counsel, and judges – readers charged with making timely decisions that profoundly impact the lives of real people. When tasked with determining whether a writer’s work product meets predetermined levels of professional quality, PR’s rely on internalized templates operating on both conscious and subconscious levels. This post identifies 5 qualities considered by busy PR’s when holistically assessing or grading the quality of a written legal instrument. [Read more…] about Five Things Professional Readers Expect from Legal Writers
About Paul Dumont
Paul loves school. For the past 30 years, he has played the role of student, tutor, coach, and teacher at universities and colleges throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, earning a B.A. in Liberal Studies and an M.A. in English Composition Theory before entering law school in 1995. As a law student, he received an American Jurisprudence award in Legal Writing and Research, worked three semesters as a teaching assistant for Contracts and Torts, published a law review note, served as a law review associate editor, graduated in the top 15% of his class, and passed the California Bar on his first attempt. For the past 20 years, he has practiced family law while teaching and tutoring on the side, but recently retired from family law to devote his full attention to assisting students seeking to become licensed attorneys in California. In 2016, he retired from coaching gymnastics after a career that spanned four decades.