Register Your Interest: Excellence in Legal Writing March Workshop Nelson

Registering for this is for expressions of interest.

The Law Association would like to bring this workshop to Nelson in March 2024. If you would be interested in attending, please register your interest above, we will contact you should the workshop be confirmed. 

Legal writing is the “bread and butter” of a lawyer’s practice. Writing well is harder than it looks, though. For years, we’ve been told that we should “write like Katherine Mansfield”. But how? 

This workshop will introduce you to three simple hacks to improve your written work: writing concretely; writing actively; and writing less. It builds on the work of linguistic experts, notably Helen Sword and Steven Pinker. But never fear: the words “subordinate clause” will not feature. We’ll also deploy a fourth tool – “point-first advocacy” – to structure arguments for maximum impact. This learn-by-doing workshop will help you achieve writing excellence. 

  • Learn the hallmarks of crisp legal writing – concrete, active, brief. 
  • Understand the common traps that frustrate clear writing. 
  • Practice editing to write well. 
  • Develop your skills in “point-first” advocacy. 


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