Legal Writing: Document Design for Lawyers

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:        09/30/2019

** available at any time of day and in time increments convenient to you through date referenced above **, together with Wayne Schiess, Senior Lecturer in legal writing at the University of Texas School of Law, are pleased to present this online CLE course about the layout, format, and typography of legal documents. The course covers a variety of topics: from choosing a readable font to formatting your headings, to tips for using MS Word more effectively. Keeping in mind the constraints of court rules, this course offers six key recommendations that will guide you as you format legal documents. This course features streaming video and audio (as well as downloadable MP3 audio) presentations. 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:

    • Which is the best font to use for body text and which is the best for short topic headings?

    • All-caps and Underlining vs. Boldface and Italics

    • How to "turn on" fully justified text

    • Tips on margins and line-spacing

    • Try a scientific or “never lost” numbering system

    • Master some fine points of MS Word for legal documents

    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.

    If you are new to and you would like to register for this course, please click this link to see some brief instructions on how to 'SIGNUP' as a new user and register for this (or any other) seminar. If you were given a Discount Code for this course, be sure to enter it on the Shopping Cart page once you have added this course to your shopping cart and click the 'Update' button.

    PLEASE REMEMBER-- All of our online CLE courses are covered by our 'Full Satisfaction' guarantee. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with this or any other seminar, we will gladly issue you a prompt refund. Thus, you have nothing to lose in trying one of our convenient online CLE seminars. If you have never participated in an online course before, we think you'll be pleasantly surprised!


Icons cleonline