RE: Technical writing in the legal field

Subject: RE: Technical writing in the legal field
From: "Kathleen Bennett" <katrynas -at- bellsouth -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2005 14:40:43 -0400

I date a lawyer and just asked him about this subject. He said the same
thing you did, Dave. The closest equivalent is a paralegal, but the "real"
writers are the attorneys themselves. He said that he doubted any law firms
would be open to the idea because why pay a technical writer to do something
for which the attorneys could be billing a client.

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[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-220941 -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com]On Behalf Of David
Sent: Saturday, August 27, 2005 1:16 PM
Subject: Re: Technical writing in the legal field

I am not aware that there is a "technical writing" job in the legal
field, although I suppose an equivalent might be a paralegal.

However, few paralegals do any real writing. Most of them work with
"canned" verbiage written by lawyers, most of whom are not very good
writers themselves. Other tasks they may perform involve legal

Should anyone know any different, I would be very interested to hear
of it. It is true that I have not practiced law for many years now,
and perhaps some of these practices may have changed that I am not
aware of.


On 8/27/05, Lisa Wright <lisawright -at- mail -dot- utexas -dot- edu> wrote:
> Is there anyone on the list who works in the legal arena? I met a young
> woman today who is thinking about writing as a profession, is interested
> in law, and is wondering what sort of preparation that might involve and
> what the work is like. I've strictly been a technology and business
> process person, so I'm not sure what advice to give about work in the
> legal area.
> Any information is much appreciated.
> Lisa


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