PREDICTIVE WRITING Study Unit 3 eLearning RPK 214 LEGAL WRITING Academic writing LEGAL ANALYSIS PREDICTIVE PERSUASIVE ANALYSIS ANALYSIS - Considers authority & predicts outcome - Persuades reader of client’s case -Opinion - Advice - Arguments - Letter of demand LEGAL DRAFTING -

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PREDICTIVE
WRITING
Study Unit 3
eLearning RPK 214
LEGAL WRITING
Academic writing
LEGAL ANALYSIS
PREDICTIVE
PERSUASIVE
ANALYSIS
ANALYSIS
- Considers
authority &
predicts
outcome
- Persuades reader
of client’s case
-Opinion
- Advice
- Arguments
- Letter of demand
LEGAL DRAFTING
- Contracts
- Letters
- Wills, trusts, etc.
PREDICTIVE vs PERSUASIVE WRITING
Study Unit 3 – Study the features of and difference between these two types of
writing well!
Predictive writing....investigative,
probing, searching....
Persuasive writing...convincing,
mind-changing...
Legal opinions, letters to clients...
Heads of argument, letters of demand...
vs
SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO
LEGAL WRITING
A. PRE-WRITING STAGE
1. COLLECT FACTS
2. IDENTIFY PURPOSE / INTENTION OF WRITING / ISSUE
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What is to be accomplished?
What should be included?
Persuade / inform?
3. CONSIDER AUDIENCE
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Who will use document?
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What does the reader know?
4. CONSIDER CONSTRAINTS
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Time limits
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Mailing requirements, etc.
B. WRITING STAGE
1. ORGANIZE THOUGHTS & MATERIAL
• Persuasive / informative?
• Set up outline of document
• Strategy?
2. WRITE
• Sentence structure & style
• Language!
• Persuasive / informative techniques
3. AVOID ORGANIZATIONAL, GRAMMATICAL &
LEXICAL WEAKNESSES
C. POST-WRITING STAGE
ONE DRAFT OF A
DOCUMENT IS
NEVER ENOUGH
1. READ CRITICALLY
2. EDIT & REVISE
3. REWRITE

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