Transform Your Legal Writing Skills!

Launch your career! After taking Legal Writing Launch, students will see immediate improvement in their basic and legal writing skills. For basic writing, Legal Writing Launch will provide a strong foundation in grammar and essay writing. Students will then develop their legal writing skills by writing legal correspondence, memoranda, and briefs in a professional manner. Improved student writing will have a powerful impact on the reader by virtue of the writing’s clarity, succinctness, and organization. We recognize how busy many of you are. For busy students taking the Basic Course, students could learn much from simply listening to the videos, in which each one provides a lesson with document examples. These videos, on average, are only about 4 minutes long! Students should be able to listen to the videos much like a podcast.

Actionable Training

This is a “hands-on” course, with targeted videos, concise lecture notes, practical samples of legal pleadings, and writing assignments with personalized editing and feedback

Interesting Material

The material provided is practical, geared toward student success in school and the professional workplace, and is entertaining

Real-Time Feedback

Within three days of a student’s drafting a writing assignment, either the founder, Professor Beverley R. Meyers (Bev, Professor Meyers, or founder) or a Legal Writing Launch attorney editor, will edit the assignment, which is often a pleading, and provide personalized feedback

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About the Instructor

Professor Bev Meyers (Bev or Professor Meyers) has taught and mentored legal writing for more than 30 years. For 29 years, Bev worked as a Deputy Attorney General for the California Office of the Attorney General supervising law students who attended a variety of law schools, including Stanford, Harvard, and the University of California. Bev’s work product includes a  number of published decisions in the California state and federal courts.  Additionally, for more than 30 years, Bev has taught law courses as an Adjunct Professor including legal writing in the undergraduate programs at St. Mary’s College and John F. Kennedy School of Law.  Professor Meyers is a lecturer on legal writing with the National Association of Continuing Legal Education and the United Institute of Continuing Legal Education.  

Who Should Take the Course

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Undergraduate students taking law courses will benefit, as well.

The intended audience is incoming law students or law students ready to work in their first job or internship whether it be in summer or during the school year. The Course will also benefit students who are about to take their Bar Exam, have failed this exam, or are awaiting Bar results.

Lawyers—especially new attorneys and solo practitioners—seeking to make their writing more efficient and effective could learn from the Course.

Provisional licensees—lawyers conditionally admitted to their State Bar to practice under a licensed attorney prior to taking their State’s Bar exam.  

Practicing paralegals should also take the Course to enhance their writing skills in order to obtain a raise, promotion, or better and more challenging work assignments.

Because attorneys, paralegals, and other professionals could benefit from the Course, private, governmental and non-profit employers should make the Course available as training for their employees.

Professionals in the fields of Human Resources, Regulatory Compliance, and Risk Management could learn much from the Course.

What Students Have Said About Bev Meyers

Bev Meyers is a clear writer, sharp editor, and thoughtful mentor. Having her as a supervisor early in my legal career was invaluable—with her assistance, I developed my own approach to legal writing and the courage to be a better writer. During the summer after my first year of law school, while working in the California Office of the Attorney General, under Bev’s supervision, I drafted briefs opposing motions for writ of mandate, a cease and desist letter, and legal research memoranda. Not only does Bev draw upon her significant experience to help train young lawyers, she is interested in constantly growing herself—I found her openness, kindness, and passion for life one of the best parts of her teaching style. I cannot recommend Bev more highly to develop legal writing technical skills and one’s voice.
Malia McPherson Law School, Deputy City Attorney, Oakland
Malia McPherson, Stanford Law School, J.D. 2016
Deputy City Attorney, Oakland City Attorney's Office
Bev helped launch my career as a legal writer. I spent the summer of my 1L year as a law clerk in the Office of the California Attorney General, in the Health, Education, and Welfare Section, working under Bev’s direction. Be it working on legal memos or draft motions to dismiss, Bev taught me how to write concisely, make my point powerfully, and organize my arguments and evidence to be as clear and persuasive as possible. I have used these skills throughout my career, first as an associate at Cooley LLP, then as the Legal Director for nonprofit California Common Cause, and now as small business owner running my own policy and legal consulting firm. As a seasoned litigator, supervising attorney to the law clerk’s program, and legal writing professor, Bev is an experienced and natural teacher. I am excited that, with her online legal writing program, she will be able to reach even more attorneys and students.
Nicolas Heidorn Headshot, Harvard Law Class of 2011
Nicolas Heidorn, Harvard Law School, Class of 2011
Principal, Heidorn Consulting
I took several paralegal courses from Bev Meyers when I attended John F. Kennedy University. After graduation, I worked for Bev as a teacher’s assistant, which was a priceless opportunity to learn even more from an amazing teacher. What I really like about Bev it that she always took the time to help her students improve their legal writing skills. Even when the legal analysis was “spot on,” she would ask questions and provide feedback to help the student be more succinct and effective. One of my goals in the paralegal program was to become a better writer, and thanks to Bev's courses, I accomplished that goal. Writing is a powerful tool, and I firmly believe you can never stop improving your writing skills. I can say with certainty that what I learned from Bev has carried over into my current profession as a real estate professional where I negotiate, in writing, real estate purchase contracts and draft e-mails that, if not written carefully, could lead to lawsuits. It amazes me how many professionals that I have encountered who cannot write effectively, and how many real estate lawsuits have emerged from contracts not carefully written. For any professional looking to take their legal writing skills to the next level, I highly recommend Bev Meyers to mentor them.
Sonia Ledo headshot
Sonia Ledo, John F. Kennedy University
Paralegal Degree Program, Class of 2012
Bachelors of Arts, 2013
I attended Professor Meyers’s Legal Writing class at John F. Kennedy University in the Winter 2017 quarter as a requirement for the paralegal degree program. Prior to taking her class, I was already a published poet. Additionally, at the age of twelve, I began writing plays and short stories as a way of self-expression. Despite my extensive experience as a creative writer, Professor Meyers’s class successfully exposed, and corrected, the biggest weaknesses in my grammar and punctuation, and my writing has since improved ten-fold. Professor Meyers is a stellar reminder of what a university professor should be. Therefore, I urge everyone to take part in Professor Meyers’s online tutoring sessions. I can confidently say that Professor Meyers’s Legal Writing class was not only fun, but the skills that I learned in her class, and the support and guidance she gave her students in and out of the classroom, will be an asset to me throughout my legal career.
Jessica Melton JFK University, Paralegal Student
Jessica Melton, Paralegal and John F. Kennedy University
Paralegal Degree Program, Class of 2017
I first worked with Bev Meyers as an intern during my second year of law school, at Golden Gate University, and then, as an extern, after I graduated. I had entered law school after a nine-year career as a librarian. As my supervisor, Bev was instrumental in my early development in the area of legal writing, particularly in drafting legal memoranda and motions. Her editing was invaluable. I had a rare opportunity to work extensively with an experienced lawyer and legal writer during and right after law school. After I completed law school, I joined the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Division, where I wrote appellate briefs in all California appellate courts and in the California Supreme Court. I worked there for twenty years before I retired in 2011. I believe that my work as an intern and extern served as the foundation for my work as an appellate lawyer, where I wrote extensively. In 2014, I published my first novel, Stolen Identity, which is available at http://www.stolenidentitynovel.com. And in 2020, I published my second novel, Mystics and Warriors, which is available at Amazon.com. I cannot recommend Bev highly enough as a legal writing instructor and tutor.
Mike Banister headshot, deputy attorney general (retired)
Mike Banister, Golden Gate University School of Law, 1999
Deputy Attorney General (Retired), California Office of the Attorney General
“It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write.
Let them think you were born that way.”
~ Ernest Hemingway

Frequently Asked Questions

Legal Writing Launch offers different purchase options.

The Course ($199)
In the main course, students will review:

  • Short videos prepared by the founder providing writing examples and analysis
  • Concise lecture notes drafted by the founder also addressing writing examples and analysis
  • Select readings
In each document, students will learn how to:
  • Spot issues
  • Develop issues
  • Draft strong paragraphs
  • Use the IRAC/CRAC format
  • Write in plain English
  • Develop their grammatical skills

Assignment Editing ($299 Add-On)
The student will draft and submit each assignment specified to an experienced legal writer editor, who will then edit each assignment promptly, providing both positive and constructive feedback.

The feedback will concern:

      • The content/issue development (e.g., burglary of beer from a garage)
      • Legal analysis (use of IRAC/CRAC per paragraph)
      • Writing mechanics (grammar, etc.)
      • Legal citations (Blue Book or State Style Manual)
      • Writing format/organization (e.g., Introduction, Discussion, and Conclusion)

OR

Weekly Zoom Mentoring (includes Assignment Editing – $499 Add-On)
Weekly, an experienced legal editor will discuss the student’s progress on written assignments in a Zoom session. The editor will focus on:

  • The feedback stated in Assignment Editing above (content/issue development, IRAC/CRAC issues, etc.)
  • The point of the particular paper (e.g., legal memo)
  • The student’s overall progress 
  • Consistent problems the student’s writing throughout the assignments
  • Suggestions on how to write even more concisely and effectively

In all levels of the Course, students will learn the skills necessary to transform their legal writing skills.  Students will obtain a strong foundation in basic grammar and expository writing.  Students will learn to perform legal writing in a practical and professional manner.  In the Add-Ons of Assignment Editing or Weekly Zoom Mentoring (includes Assignment Editing), students will draft legal memoranda, correspondence (including a demand and opinion letter) and motions, trial, and appellate briefs (briefs that are filed with the court). Depending on the level of the course purchased—Add-Ons of Assignment Editing or Weekly Zoom Mentoring (includes Assignment Editing)—an instructor will edit each written assignment submitted and provide feedback. For the Assignment Editing and Weekly Zoom Mentoring Add-Ons, this is a one-on-one personalized tutoring program. At the Weekly Zoom Mentoring level, the assigned instructor/editor will have a weekly Zoom meeting with the student to discuss the student’s performance and career plans.

In legal and non-legal document writing, students will become skilled in analyzing the underlying subject matter and organizing their writing, so that the intended reader will find the document easily understandable. In legal documents, students will learn how to draft Power-Packed Paragraphs™, which will consist of the analytical structure of CRAC (Conclusion, Rule, Analysis, Conclusion, an updated version of Issue, Rule, Analysis, and Conclusion). To develop these skills, students will review sheets (lecture notes) and personalized videos that the founder created, in addition to other resources. For students purchasing the Assignment Editing or Weekly Zoom Meeting Add-Ons, students will draft writing assignments each week that an instructor will edit.  Students, taking these Add-Ons, will also complete modules in the computer platform, Core Grammar for Lawyers.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students taking pre-law courses could benefit, as well. 

Law students

The intended audience is incoming law students and law students ready to work in their first job or internship (whether it be in summer, during the school year, or awaiting bar results).  The course will also benefit students who are about to take their State Bar Exam or have failed their Bar exam. 

Lawyers

Lawyers—especially new lawyers and solo practitioners—seeking to make their writing more efficient and effective, could learn from the course and greatly enhance their effectiveness in all legal proceedings. 

Provisional Licensees

Provisional licensees—lawyers conditionally admitted to their State Bar to practice under a licensed attorney prior to taking their State’s Bar exam.  

Paralegals

Practicing paralegals should also take the course to enhance their writing skills in order to obtain a raise, promotion, or better and more challenging work assignments. 

Others Seeking Workplace Training

Because attorneys, paralegals, and other professionals could benefit from the Course, private, governmental and non-profit employers should make the Course available as training for their employees.

Other Professionals

Professionals in the fields of Human Resources and Regulatory Compliance could learn much from the course.

There are averages below for a “full court press” in tackling the Course.  Suffice it to say, for the busy student taking the Basic Course, students could learn much from simply listening to the videos, in which each one provides a lesson with document examples.  These videos, on average, are only about 4 minutes!  Students should be able to listen to the videos much like a podcast when they are driving or performing work around the house.

For a more deliberate effort, on average, students will invest the following time per week (assuming a six-week schedule):

  • Reading approximately two chapters (or other materials) and sheets (lecture notes) per week: 2 hours
  • Reviewing videos (created by the founder): 15-30 minutes      

 On average, students will invest the following time in the requisite assignments at the Assignment Editing and Weekly Zoom Mentoring levels per week:

  • Reading approximately two chapters (or other materials) and sheets (lecture notes) per week: 2 hours
  • Reviewing videos (created by the founder): 15-30 minutes          
  • Drafting written assignments (and reviewing instructor feedback): 4 hours
  • Completing modules on Core Grammar for Lawyers: 1 hour
  • Total Weekly Average: 8 hours per week

Students enrolling in the Weekly Mentoring level should add an additional 15 minutes per week for the mentoring session with an editor.  For a student’s timely and successful completion of the Assignment Editing and Weekly Zoom Mentoring levels, the founder will issue the student a Certificate of Completion.


The expectation is that students will complete all coursework (in the Assignment Editing or Weekly Zoom Mentoring levels) within one year from enrollment to complete written assignments.  After that, a legal writing editor will not edit any assignments that a student submits.  Also, students must complete the writing assignments in the order provided because each assignment builds upon the prior one.  The Course is self-paced.  Students will have lifetime access to the Course.  And, there is no deadline to complete the basic course.

We want you to be 100% satisfied with our Course.  Legal Writing Launch has a 30-day refund policy from the date of purchase.