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Legal Writing as a Profession

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Finding a niche is crucial for any job you do. If it is writing that you have chosen as your area of expertise, then you definitely need to be the best. If law happens to be your area of interest, you can make a great career as a legal writer. This article will discuss in detail how to establish yourself as a legal writer.

One would just assume that legal professionals would make great legal writers because they have the subject knowledge. However, in most of the cases this does not hold true. Attorneys spend so much time reading court opinions and legal documents that their writing starts reflecting the same style. They just cannot avoid using gratuitous phrases and find it extremely difficult to keep their writing simple and succinct. Your writing needs to be such that everyone is able to understand your points. Word choice and sentence construction have to be perfect. Sloppy word choice and lazy sentence construction often lead to clutter in the sentence which doesn’t come across strongly. Since communication is the need of the day in every field and profession, legal writers are also in great demand.

Legal Writing

The job of a legal writer would basically involve producing writing material for the legal industry. You could be a feature writer, Web writer, legal analyst, brief writer, or legal editor to name just a few profiles you could opt for. A legal writer could write for a lot of things. Some of the writing which a legal writer does includes:
 
  • Feature articles on legal topics.
  • Legal blogs.
  • Legal newsletters.
  • Web content.
  • News writing on the legal industry.
  • Brochures.
  • Attorney profiles.
  • White papers and academic materials.
  • Summarized case laws.
  • Draft motions, briefs, and memorandums.
  • Legal publications.

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