Clients come to lawyers for answers. They want their lawyers to make sense of complicated problems. Research shows that clients are looking for clear communication: they want to understand what’s happening in their file.
Whether you’re writing an opinion letter, pleadings, or an email to opposing counsel, lawyers have specific needs. Your writing needs to be clear and persuasive, but also exact. I have a law degree – I get that.
Many aspiring lawyers go to law school because they enjoy writing and working with people. Law school is a great place to learn how to analyze cases and research precedent. Unfortunately, there isn’t always time to focus on the craft of writing and communicating clearly with clients, colleagues and judges.
That’s where I come in. As a writing coach and speaker, I help lawyers polish their writing to make it even more effective. If you can write clearly, clients, colleagues, and judges will thank you. What’s more, they’ll understand you the first time.
Here’s a sample list of workshop topics for lawyers:
Principles of Clear Writing for the New Lawyer
Advise and Illuminate: Clear Writing for Lawyers
Online Writing: Best Practices for Blog Posts and Articles
Polished and Professional: Effective Public Speaking Skills
The Fine Art of Feedback: Mentoring Younger Writers
I regularly travel to law firms across Canada to lead these writing workshops.