Mind Your P’s & Q’s! Brush Up On Your Legal Writing Skills

Writing is a vital part of the law degree. As a law student you will spend a lot of time scribbling notes in lectures and seminars, noting down information from books or articles, and drafting assignments.

If you then go into the legal profession, you will find yourself writing attendance notes, memos, research notes and letters and emails to colleagues and clients. Here Emma Jones, Senior Lecturer in Law and member of the Open Justice team at The Open University, provides some do’s and don’ts to help you develop your legal writing skills. 1. Do use full sentences and paragraphs Unless you are asked to write in note form (for example, for a list or essay plan), it is important to structure your work using full sentences and paragraphs. In terms of sentences, bear in mind that long sentences using lots of commas and semi-colons can become difficult for your reader to follow. Try reading you...

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