Top 20 Things Every Lawyer Should Know

13. How to Write Better

  • If you’re marking something up, thoroughly read it [in its entirety] before you begin.

 

  • Every document has its own style, and you need to understand that style so your revisions are seamless.

 

  • Keep sentences as short as possible. If a thought that needs to be in one sentence would create too long a sentence, break the sentence into indented, numbered clauses.

 

  • Nothing is more unfriendly than a sentence that runs on for the better part of a page without some indentation or other spacing to break it up.
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