Paralegal Classes | Resources for Students

Legal Writing

“Words are the dress of thoughts, which should no more be presented in rags, tatters, and dirt, than your person should.”

Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694 – 1773)


  • Students will need to register at when the module begins. Once the registration has been approved by the instructor, students will find assignments and instructions on how to post their work in the forum.

Plain (Legal) language

Legal Drafting

The Factum
  • Arguing in Writing: drafting a statement of fact and law for Small Claims Court by Marcel D. Mongeon for the Paralegal Society of Ontario (in your materials).
  • Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Laskin on writing persuasive facta: “If we have to, we will bend the law to reach a fair result.”
  • Factum drafting tips and examples from Queen’s University school of law (moot instructions).
  • Advocate Eugene Meehan on Persuasive Legal Writing

General Writing Guides

Writing Classes

If you want more help, here are some free and inexpensive online English writing classes. Some are more advanced than others, it’s up to you to check out the course outlines and find one that matches the skills you need to develop.

Grammar Humour


Materials Mentioned in Class Handouts or Discussion

Examples of a Statute with an Interesting Preamble


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