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- Our readers mainly comprise of individuals, professionals and entrepreneurs interested in understanding different aspects of the law. Write with the perspective of simplifying the law so that even a layman can understand it.
- The article should, at least, be 600 words.
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- Kinds of articles- Your topic must be about the law. Legislative Change, Court, Consumer, Politics, Startup, Crime, Family or anything else with a legal angle. Your content should be written with the perspective of simplifying law or to provide valuable insights and information related to law.
- Before you start writing, do some research; find legal or factual content to support your opinion (if any).
- Before you get down to writing, frame your topic in the form of a question (lawyer-types will say “issue”); the rest of your piece must focus (or attempt) to answer that question.
- Submissions that contain racist, sexist or xenophobic marks will not be published. You should ask yourself, “How will another person perceive what I have written?”
- Try to keep the legal jargon to bare necessity – while this blog is about the law, most of the members of the audience will know nothing about the law.
Some useful tips
Often the last thing you think about, but the most important part of your blog post! Try to keep it under 10 words long, and make it engaging, either by posing a question or making a statement. Don’t be too abstract – you want people to know what it’s about, so make sure you use words and language that most people, even if they’re not subject experts, will understand.
Blog posts are often read quite quickly and at a time when the reader is multitasking (for example on the commute to work, or whilst eating lunch at their desk). As such you want to try to use a conversationalist tone – type your posts as you would say them out loud. Use questions, feel free to give your opinion, and invite comments back. If you’re worried about how long your post should be – the golden rule is less is more!
Unlike a journal article, a blog post can start with a statement or decision then have an explanation later. Get to the point straight away and then back up your argument. It will get people interested in what you have to say – you have to grab their attention quickly.
For the same reasons as above, make your content concise and clear. Long sentences are a no-no, and paragraphs should also be kept short.
- Use multimedia
We’re very used to writing text in academic circles, but here you can be creative! Feel free to use graphs, pictures and videos to provide a different view and break up your text. Remember, though – if you didn’t create them you’ll need permission from the owner to re-use them.
- Use examples
Some contexts are tough to comprehend, so don’t be afraid to use examples and refer to current events to back up your arguments.
- Be accessible
Give people a way to contact you and find out more about your work. Include a short statement about yourself at the end of your blog, with a link to your institutional homepage and twitter profile (if you have them).
- Upload a photo of yourself at gravatar.com (if you’d like a photo to show next to your bio). Also, please include in your email the email address you linked to your gravatar account.
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