SEMINARS ON LEGAL WRITING AND REASONING
JAMES C. RAYMOND, PH.D.
"People are accustomed . . . to looking at language and
sentence structure but the concept of 'architecture' in
writing is big news."
Administrative Appeals Tribunal
What makes these seminars different?
Content. Most legal writing courses are about tidying up legal
documents after they are written. Professor Raymond's
seminars involve writing documents from scratch, using a
precise set of techniques for organizing complex material,
for analyzing issues, and for arguing persuasively. The
results are dramatic. See
Before & After.
Format. Learning to write - like learning to dance or to play
golf or violin - cannot be accomplished by reading a book or
listening to lectures. It requires practice under the
supervision of an experienced coach. Professor Raymond's
seminars always include writing and revision exercises
tailored to the sort of writing participants are required to
do in their courts or firms.
Seminars for judges typically last from two to four days. For law firms and
individuals, shorter programs (one-day or half-day) are available.
Individual tutorials and group workshops can be scheduled at the convenience of the participants.
International Faculty. For working with large groups,
Professor Raymond has assembled an international team of
judges, lawyers, novelists, journalists, and English
professors who provide individual attention in tutorial
sessions and small group workshops.
Expertise. Professor Raymond's lectures combine a scholarly
knowledge of rhetoric and linguistics with more than
twenty-five years of practical experience working with
judges and lawyers in more than twenty-five countries. They
examine traditions that make it difficult not only for lay
readers, but even for lawyers to understand legal documents.
They replace these practices with a fundamentally new
approach that has been described as "radical common sense."
Results. Participants in these seminars typically experience
a conversion of sorts. They gain a new appreciation of their
profession, a new way of viewing and producing their work,
and a new enthusiasm. The anonymous
Before & After examples speak for themselves.