Writing Cheat Sheets for Your Summer at the Screen

As a writing trainer for many of the nation’s top law firms with about 500 summer-associate workshops under my belt, I’ve learned first-hand where summer associates go wrong and how to help them succeed.

Here are some questions that will likely come up over the summer, along with links to some free online resources. I hope they help, and have a great summer!

What questions should I ask before starting a writing assignment?

Questions for Every Project

Any suggestions for memos?

Tips for Memos

How can I shorten my drafts?

Six Words to Cut
Six More Words to Cut

What are partners’ biggest complaints?

Partners Let Loose

Can I get some grammar tips?

Top Grammar Gripes

How about some punctuation tips?

Eight Comma Commandments

Should I capitalize “court,” “plaintiff,” and “debtor”? What words do you capitalize in titles?

Capitalization Cheat Sheet

Any contract drafting tips?

Ten Questions for Every Transactional Document