Persuasive writing for lawyers is an advanced course of legal writing arming participants with an ability which most lawyers do not possess: the ability to persuade. Persuasion is an essential legal skill but few lawyers have mastered it.
Lawyers often forget that they are also professional writers, paid not only for their legal knowledge but also for their ability to write texts that win cases and arguments. Many lawyers merely list facts and legal authorities without turning them into winning arguments. This is not persuasive writing. At least 70% of a lawyer’s writing will be aimed at persuading judges, tribunals, clients or opponents - but often very little thought goes into the text which they hope will persuade the reader.
Persuasive writing is a skill which can be learnt and gives those who can use it, a big advantage in litigation, negotiation and client handling. It helps to convince judges that the writer's client should win and convinces clients that the lawyer's ability is of the highest standard. Used properly, readers rarely notice that they are being persuaded – merely feeling that the text and arguement makes common sense.
This 10 lesson course covers all the major techniques of writing persuasively. It is delivered in easy to understand lessons, using examples and home tasks for participants to practice the techniques. The course includes writing for use in litigation arguments, negotiation scenarios, and for the general persuasion of clients as well as on behalf of clients. Armed with the knowledge from this course you will be able to deal with, and dismiss, your opponents arguments whilst promoting your own suggestions and ideas. You will gain a clear understanding of how to use the facts and legal authorities to their maximum effect and impact – a unique opportunity, not to be wasted, enabling you to score points, and damage your opponent's case, without even opening your mouth.
Persuasive Writing Lesson 1
The course covers the best techniques used in legal writing to persuade others to do what you want them to. What persuasive writing is and the basic structure of persuasive texts.
Persuasive Writing Lesson 2
Using different techniques and vocabulary to persuade.
Persuasive Writing Lesson 3
Effective styles of writing to interest and persuade.
Persuasive Writing Lesson 4
Expressing emotion in texts.
Persuasive Writing Lesson 5
Telling a story to persuade.
Persuasive Writing Lesson 6
Effective grammatical structures which are highly persuasive.
Persuasive Writing Lesson 7
Letter writing to persuade.
Persuasive Writing Lesson 8
Persuasive tricks, styles and practices.
Persuasive Writing Lesson 9
Persuading the court and the tribunal in written texts.
Persuasive Writing Lesson 10
Language styles to avoid.
A 10-unit, video-conferencing, interactive course which deals with the vocabulary, style, grammar and techniques of writing persuasive texts. The course shows how to use strong vocabulary for maximum effect and deals with the best and worst structures and techniques to use when trying to persuade.
The course is provided over 10 lessons of 60 minutes duration with a further 7 hours of online interactive self-study and exercises. As some of the other students in the study group will almost certainly be in other cities, and even different Countries, we try to agree a mutually convenient time for all the students in the group. We are happy to time the lessons for the weekends, or public holidays, if this is what the students want.
Materials for students
On-line texts and exercises
Access to the archive of recorded lessons
|Course type||Video lessons with a lawyer||Homework||Video lessons one-to-one with a lawyer||Course price|
PrivateLive one-to-one classes
|10 private lessons/60 min||Twice/week following each class||Yes, 10 private lessons/60 minutes each||
GroupLive Broadcasts+Homework+ Conversation
|10 lessons/60 min||Twice/week following each class||No, group lessons||
|10 lessons/60 min||Add-on option for US$ 80||No||
Separate lessonPre-recorded lessons
|10 lessons/60 min||No||No||
$ 80 each
Free trial lessonPre-recorded lessons
|1 lesson/60 min||No||No||