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Word Tips for Legal Writers

Word tips for law students and other legal writers.

Organization Helps!

Busy legal writers create and review scads of documents. You will save yourself a lot of time and aggravation if you organize your documents so you can retrieve them easily.

Instead of saving everything in the My Documents folder with blah file names like "Letter" and "Draft," consider some of these ideas.

Create a Folder for Each Class or Major Project

Create a new folder for each class or major project:

  • Business Organizations
  • Health Law Seminar Paper
  • Job Hunting
  • PILA

You could also create folders by quarter:

  • 2018 Fall
    • Professional Responsibility
    • Transmission of Wealth
  • 2019 Winter
    • . . .

Use Descriptive File Names & Dates

There was a time when users were limited to eight-character file names. That time is past, so go ahead and create names that you'll recognize later.

  • Resume 1 - bus law - 2018 Nov version
  • Resume 1 - bus law - 2019 Jan version
  • Resume 2 - litigation - 2018 Oct version

Use dates in file names for notes or minutes:

  • PILA bd 2018-11-15
  • PILA bd 2018-11-22
  • Civ Pro II 2019-01-20
  • Civ Pro II 2019-01-22

Add a word or two to help you figure out what was going on:

  • Civ Pro II 2019-01-20 subj matter jurisdiction
  • Civ Pro II 2019-01-22 dismissal for cause
  • Civ Pro II 2019-01-27 removal