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Introduction to Legal Writing


Young graduates and experienced practitioners alike might find legal writing to be a daunting task, since the flair of writing does not come naturally to everyone. There is much more to legal writing than bombastic and fancy sounding words, never-ending sentences and infinite page counts. The present course will introduce learners to the meaning and concept of legal writing, especially in the modern, less conventional world as opposed to its traditional form. It will also highlight the different types, categories and objectives of legal writing.



After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the premise of legal writing.
  • Analyze the objectives of legal writing.
  • Realize the value and effect of well drafted legal documents.
  • Understand the different kinds of legal writing – predictive, descriptive, persuasive, and many more.
  • Differentiate between academic and non-academic (in-practice) legal writing.


  • Module 1 – Meaning and Concept of Legal Writing
  • Module 2 – Importance of Legal Writing as a Separate Discipline
  • Module 3 – Difference Between Plain English Writing and Legal Writing
  • Module 4 – Types of Legal Writing
  • Module 5 – Conclusion
  • Certification Exam/ Assessment



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  • Lawyers
  • Law Students
  • Chartered Accountants
  • Company Secretaries
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Any person who’s place of work brings him in contact with legal documentation
  • Any person interested in understanding legal documents

Level: Beginners

Language : English

Duration: 6 Months


Progress will be tested by way of quizzes and assignments at the end of each Module. Learners must attempt the exam at the end of the course and secure at least 50% marks to obtain course certificate.

About the Author

Varnika Jain, with inputs from Chhaya Bhardwaj. Varnika, alumni of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow, is currently working as Faculty and Editor at LawSkills. She has extensive mooting experience and specializes in the field of Competition Law, policy and research. Chhaya is an Asst. Professor at Lloyd Law College and holds a masters degree in Environmental Law. She has been faculty coordinator for the ‘Second Prof. N. R. Madhava Menon SAARC Mooting Competition & Law Students Conference 2016-2017’ and also teaches practical mooting skills.

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