LAW 975

Editing and Advocacy

Good editors don’t just see the sentence that was written. They also see the sentence that might have been written. They know how to spot words and arguments that shouldn’t be included and summon up ones that haven’t yet appeared. Their value comes both from preventing mistakes and from finding new ways to improve a piece of writing’s style, structure, and overall impact. This course will teach you how to be one of those editors.

You’ll edit briefs. You’ll edit contracts. You’ll edit all kinds of legal documents. Sometimes this editing will occur during in-class exercises. Sometimes it will occur through short, daily assignments. But always the goal will be the same: learn and practice a skill that is fundamental to becoming an excellent advocate.

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