News By/Courtesy: Varsha Subramaniam | 19 Nov 2020 12:59pm IST

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  • Use simple sentences instead of complex sentences and easy words instead of difficult words.
  • Use bare-acts and judgments (if applicable) for proper information and articles as references.
  • It keeps your knowledge sharpened, arguments ready and reputation strong.

Writing a great legal article is truly amazing. Not only it will be published in a good, well-known website or blog, thereby increasing your brand value and visibility, but also be read by many people who are in need of that information. It may help litigants, researchers, other lawyers, or a reporter to understand the state of the law. However, the best part is perhaps that you learn to think systematically and strategically when you write article after article. It is a fantastic exercise for a lawyer to write about practical legal problems continuously. It keeps your knowledge sharpened, arguments ready and reputation strong.

Before writing any article, first, decide who is going to read this article and how they are going to benefit from it. Is it something that people are already looking for an answer for? Will they google this topic? Are they in trouble and want an answer so that they are googling? What can you tell them through your article, what information can you share with them that will help them? How can you make it simple so that those who are not very smart can also understand what you are writing very quickly? Can you include tables, formats, bullet-point lists? Will that make it easier to read the article?

Length: Aim for at least 1500 words (excluding footnotes and citations). More is fine. This is because Google gives more importance to long-form articles in the search results as opposed to very short articles. However, make sure to break down your article into many small parts with multiple headings and subheadings.

Language: Simplest possible language, must be very easy to read. Use simple sentences instead of complex sentences and easy words instead of difficult words. Only in school and college, people get rewarded for using a difficult language, everywhere else, in real life, using difficult, complicated language results in being penalized and ridiculed. Please write in as simple language as possible. What makes your article valuable is the quality of information and insights, how rare or useful the information or insight you are providing is, how easy it is to understand and read, and how nicely the content is flowing from one issue to another. Provide bullet points and tables everywhere possible. That will make your article stand out and valuable. Provide formats, samples, examples, and practical advice wherever possible. Do not just write about sections and case laws.

Sources: Easy sources are news articles and blogs but since the aim is to publish them it would be better that the work is original and informative, use bare-acts and judgments (if applicable) for proper information, and articles as references. Also, ask lawyers about the topics. Call them up and ask.

Improve before submitting: Take pride in your work, try to find out ways to improve your work with tables, graphs, charts, or anything at your disposal so that your article is superior and more helpful than anything else available on the internet.

Primary and secondary research sources: Start by researching from secondary sources for a broad overview. The secondary sources are articles, journals, blogs, etc. Verify your research with primary sources like case laws, and bare provisions, etc.

Answer a few very important questions in your article, and provide a lot of valuable information that will help the readers.

 

This Article Does Not Intend To Hurt The Sentiments Of Any Individual Community, Sect, Or Religion Etcetera. This Article Is Based Purely On The Authors Personal Views And Opinions In The Exercise Of The Fundamental Right Guaranteed Under Article 19(1)(A) And Other Related Laws Being Force In India, For The Time Being. 

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 19 Nov 2020 19:44pm IST


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