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Five Rules for Clear Legal Writing

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1 hour
Ryan Standil
Write to Excite
70 minutes
$99.00 plus tax
Includes Handouts

In this program, you will learn five rules for drafting clear emails and documents. By applying these rules, you will be able to avoid misunderstandings with your clients and colleagues – even when your subject matter is highly technical. Throughout the program, you will review samples of legal writing that demonstrate the rules in action.

This program is concrete, rather than theoretical. It is not a rehash of law school.

At the end of the program, you will participate in an exercise to discover how easy it is to incorporate the five rules into your everyday drafting.

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Write unambiguously
  • Put yourself in the shoes of your readers
  • Describe legal concepts using simple language
  • Decide when to repeat a term and when to use a synonym
  • Determine when to use (and when not to use) the word “and”
  • Draft emails and documents that are easy to read – even for non-lawyers


Ryan Standil

Ryan Standil leads CPD programs about effective written communication. The goal of the programs is to teach participants how to view their own writing from the perspective of their readers.

Before he became a writing instructor, Ryan worked at a law firm in Toronto.

Ryan attended Western University, in London, Ontario, where he graduated from the HBA program at the Ivey Business School and the JD program at the Faculty of Law.

Today, Ryan delivers presentations at law firms, law schools, and the Law Society of Ontario.

Ryan’s presentations are filled with practical examples. Attendees consistently remark that their sessions address the precise communication challenges they face every day.

Ryan is the owner of Write To Excite.

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