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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

iWrite Legal App


Need a little help with your legal writing projects?  Try the iWrite Legal app!   This app, developed by a legal writing professor at Suffolk University Law School, is intended to help law students and legal professionals become better legal writers.  The app includes three different sections: Legal Writing Tips. Legal Writing Checklists, and Additional Resource.  The Legal Writing Tips section includes a number of short paragraphs about important aspects of legal writing such as sentence length, transitions, and surplus words.  

The Legal Writing Checklists section of the app prompts authors to think about the important issues related to particular steps in the legal writing process.  The checklists cover the initial stages of writing, revising, editing, and proofreading. For instance, if you are at the revising stage, the checklist asks “Did you logically develop your ideas, going from general to specific?” and “Have you used headings and subheadings in a logical order and structure?”  

The Additional Resources section of the app contains links to the Twitter feed and a YouTube video from the Suffolk legal writing program.  However, this section also contains a link to the law school's free legal writing podcast series. 

The app is free and available for iOS devices such as iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.  For more information and to download the app, visit the iTunes App Store. 

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