Mistakes Were Made

A free legal writing workshop series with two tracks:
  • Litigation: Editing & Advocacy (Mondays in June, 12:15-1 ET)
  • Transactional: Contract Drafting (Tuesdays in June, 12:15-1 ET)
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Mistakes can feel painful, particularly when you are just starting out as an attorney or summer associate. So this interactive workshop was created to help you anticipate some of the most common blunders new associates and summer associates make, before you fall victim to them yourself.

You’ll also learn a series of more advanced techniques, ones that will help you write clearly and effectively, whether you are composing a brief, crafting a contract, or putting together a high-stakes email.

Training outcomes

  • Learn how to avoid common grammatical pitfalls.
  • Learn how to arange complex information in a reader-useful way.
  • Learn how to both give and get better feedback.

Real documents, live collaboration, no pressure

In each live, online session, we'll work in small teams on realistic documents and scenarios to improve your writing skills.

These will be learning spaces for stretching and practicing—without pressure of evaluation or competition.

All sessions are open to all law students, soon-to-be law students, and recent law school graduates and will be initially capped at 50 participants, with a waitlist.


Patrick Barry

The workshop sessions in the litigation track are taught by Patrick Barry, who is both a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan Law School and a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. The author of several books on advocacy, Patrick has won multiple awards for his teaching, including the Provost’s Innovation in Teaching Prize, the Wayne Booth Prize for Teaching Excellence, and the Outstanding Research Mentor Award.

Michael Bloom

The workshop sessions in the transactional track are taught by Michael Bloom, the founder & CEO of Praktio. Michael was a clinical professor at Michigan Law, where he directed the Transactional Lab & Clinic and taught advanced contract drafting courses. Through Praktio, Michael frequently teaches hands-on contract drafting workshops at Am Law 200 firms and for ALI CLE, in addition to authoring on-demand, interactive Praktio courses on Contract Fundamentals, Precision Training, and Confidentiality Agreements, among others.


Pair any of the following offerings (fees apply) with the free writing workshops in this series.

Work with our faculty to receive individualized feedback on your writing and personally tailored ways to improve.

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Work with our faculty in a small group setting to workshop the participants' writing and identify actionable steps each participant can take to improve their writing.

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Work with our faculty in a small group setting to identify ways each participant can improve.

If you're interested in engaging us for one of these group workshops, Contact Us.

Sign up for any of Praktio's online, interactive, self-paced courses to further strengthen your transactional drafting skills.

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