Nothing matters more in brief writing than structure and organization. This course helps attorneys improve their organization by examining how leading advocates structure their writing. Themes, headings, and topic sentences form the three essential components of a well-organized brief. After exploring what makes each component effective, the learner then works through a series of exercises to determine the best fit for each brief. As they progress, the learner improves their strategy for writing better organized briefs—and hopefully has fun engaging with some truly fantastic legal writing!
- Learn to develop themes that frame legal issues most favorably to the client.
- Learn to use headings to structure the brief's argument (e.g., through the Table of Contents).
- Learn to use topic sentences to guide the reader through each segment of the argument.
Structure and organization stand out as the principal areas for improvement law firms identify in attorney writing. That's why I'm thrilled to collaborate with Praktio to highlight how outstanding advocates organize their briefs. I'm also proud that we share a commitment to showcasing the incredible diversity of talent in today's legal marketplace. That's why every single example here features exceptional writing by attorneys of color and/or women."
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Reconstruct real-world briefs from leaders in the field
We begin this course by . From there, the learner determining the most effective and for each.
Learn by making mistakes in realistic, no-stakes exercises
As is always the case with Praktio courses, learners learn not just through watching and listening to practical lessons and examples but also through doing —not to test, but to provide opportunities to apply and practice, while receiving
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- Better Themes
- Better Headings
- Better Topic Sentences
CLE: Not currently available.
Duration: You will have 1 year from the date of purchase to access and complete your online course materials. On average, it takes about 1-2 hours to complete the whole course; however, learners get to decide how much time to spend on each exercise and module.
Accessing: Following checkout, you will receive an email providing you with access to your online course materials.
Compatibility: Please use Chrome on a PC or Mac computer.
Reference Materials: As part of this purchase, you will also receive the Organizing Better Briefs Takeaways PDF (which you may download or print for your use and later reference).
We Don't Share Your Scores! Praktio does not share user performance data (e.g., "scores") with anyone, including employers (e.g., if you're an associate taking this training at a law firm). The only information shared with employers who purchase this training for their employees is progress data (e.g., how much of the course you have completed by when).