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Academic Legal Writing

Composing and Editing


Editing is imperative to a good paper and is your responsibility.  It may be useful to wait to edit a section of your paper until after you complete it in order to look at it with fresh eyes.  The extra time will help you read what you wrote instead of reading what you intended to write.  You should expect to edit multiple times at multiple points in your writing process.  If you have reached a block in your composition switching to editing can sometimes help you to restart your writing.

Word Proccessing:

Microsoft Word is an often uderutilized tool for composing and editing.

Word can create dynamic footnotes, tables of contents and tables of authorities.. 

Under the references tab, select Table of Contents, Table of Authorities or footnotes.  If you mark your citation with the 'Mark Citation' command Word can automatically list them and the page numbers on which they appear.  It will keep track through all your edits.

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Word can also assess the readability of your work and make grammar and spelling suggestions.

Other software such as grammarly market themselves as tools to improve the clarity of your writing.

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