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About the Book

Writing for Litigation

Kamela Bridges
University of Texas

Wayne Schiess
University of Texas

2011. 192 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-0273-0. With Teacher's Manual.

About the Book

Teaches students to write documents typically prepared over the life of a case, from the client engagement letter to the instructions given to a jury at the end of trial, with samples of each type of document included in the appendix.


  • Teaches both components of and strategic considerations for documents written over the course of a case:
    • Includes typical litigation documents such as pleadings, discovery requests, and motions, as well as ancillary documents lawyers frequently draft, including demand letters, client communications, and affidavits
    • Addresses the potential audience and purpose of each type of document, discussing how audience and purpose influence the documentís contents and tone
    • Lists typical components of each document and provides samples of each document type in the appendix
    • Discusses strategic considerations that may influence what is included in a document and how it is written
  • Includes writing tips addressing conundrums legal writers frequently face
    • Tips address issues such as preventing ambiguity, adapting form documents, and avoiding sexism in writing
    • Tips are interspersed in chapters, placed to address concerns that typically arise with each type of document
  • On-line teacherís manual offers the following:
    • Exercises for drafting various documents, including memo from supervisor explaining fact pattern, legal memo explaining legal support for summary judgment and response assignment, and deposition transcript to be used as supporting evidence
    • Sample syllabus
    • On-line versions of all documents in the appendix so instructors can adapt samples to rules and customs of local practices
    • In-class exercises, including guidelines for having students evaluate real-world motions and responses as well as documents with built-in flaws