Persuasive legal writing requires a combination of three separate, although related, skills: “thinking like a lawyer,” “thinking like a speaker,” and “thinking like a writer.” This practical accredited CLE program from ALI CLE and the New York City Bar focuses on the connections between the last two skills – thinking like a speaker and thinking like a writer – and how you can apply them to every level of your writing to make it more persuasive.
Taught by a lawyer and legal writing expert who has trained thousands of lawyers across the country, this concise continuing legal education program will show you how you can apply the classic skills of rhetoric to your own writing to create sharper, more powerful briefs, as well as other forms of persuasive legal writing. Although aimed at litigators, this program is necessary for all attorneys who want to become writers that are more persuasive.
Timothy P. Terrellis a Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. For more than a decade, Professor Terrell has led legal writing programs in law firms, courts, bar associations, and government agencies across the country and abroad. He also served as Director of Professional Development at King & Spalding in Atlanta. He is the co-author of Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Writing and Editing (PLI, Third Edition). In addition to Thinking Like a Writer, Professor Terrell has published books and articles principally in the areas of constitutional theory, jurisprudence, and legal ethics.
Total 60-minute hours of instruction: 2.5; total 50-minute hours, 3.0
New York CLE credit: 3.0 credit hours in skills. This program provides transitional credit for newly admitted attorneys. This program is approved for MCLE credit in other MCLE jurisdictions. Credit breakdown for other jurisdictions will be available at the program.