Legal Writing IQ: The Principles of Persuasive Writing and Contract Drafting *** 50% OFF

Legal Area:        ALL Practice Skills
Total Credit Hours:        1.00
Ethics Credit Included:        0.00
Registration Fee:        $25.00
Course Materials:        textaudiovideo
Session END DATE:        09/30/2018
Information:        ONLY $10 Code: SAVE50

** available at any time of day and in time increments convenient to you through date referenced above **, together with the Austin Bar Association, are pleased to present a practical legal writing course on persuasive writing techniques and contract drafting. In this presentation, Professor Wayne Schiess of the University of Texas School of Law reviews pertinent research on legal writing and offers helpful advice on raising your "legal writing IQ". Learn to recognize problems when you encounter them, how to look for answers to problems or how to solve them on your own. This course features streaming video and audio (as well as downloadable MP3 audio) presentations from a live CLE seminar on this topic that was originally conducted by the Austin Bar Association on June 24, 2016. You can access this presentation on demand at any time during the course of the seminar session.

Some of the subjects for this course include:

    • Research on Persuasive Writing

    • Formal v. Informal Writing

    • Plain Language v. Legalese

    • Intensifiers "at the Court"

    • Basics of Contract Language

    • Citations in Footnotes

    • MS Word Advice for Lawyers

    The speaker for this course is Professor Wayne Schiess, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law. Schiess teaches legal writing, legal drafting, and plain English and speaks frequently on those subjects. He has also written dozens of articles and four books on practical legal writing skills. Professor Schiess graduated from Cornell Law School, practiced law at the Texas firm of Baker Botts, and in 1992, he joined the faculty at Texas. From 2004 to 2016, he was director of the David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy (formerly Director of Legal Writing). In 2012 and 2015, he was chosen as the Law School's legal writing teacher of the year. In 2011, the Texas Pattern Jury Charges Plain Language Project named Professor Schiess as a finalist for a ClearMark Award by the Center for Plain Language. He also blogs on legal writing at 'LEGIBLE'. An extensive biography for Professor Schiess may be found at the University of Texas School of Law website.


    This course is approved for credit by the MCLE Committees of the STATE BAR OF TEXAS and the STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA (MCLE Provider #8648).
    These are not self-study credits, but rather 'participatory' credits as you would receive for attending a traditional, live CLE seminar.

    In addition, regular CLE credits for this seminar may also be available in a number of other states through CLE Reciprocity, such as FLORIDA, or as an "Approved Jurisdiction", such as TENNESSEE.  Please check with the Tennessee State Bar for accreditation information.

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