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Tech for Lawyering Competencies: Research & Writing: Writing Enhancements

Covers technology that assists with note-taking and writing


A free grammar checker that instantly eliminates grammatical errors and enhances your writing. Grammarly comes as a desktop app, a browser extension, and an add-in for Word. It works with Mac and Windows. There is a free and premium (cost) version.

Westlaw Drafting Assistant

Westlaw Dratting Assistant is currently available. It's features include: 1.Create a table of authorities quickly and easily; 2. Maintain and update the status of any law you cite to determine if it's still good law; 3. Run a Thomson Reuters Westlaw search right from your document; and 4. Check the format of your document and citations.


WordRake software takes you beyond good grammar and spelling to the heart of business writing: clear, concise, effective communication. In 30 seconds WordRake will show you the unnecessary words, the useless phrases, the dull sentences. You choose the edits you like. Needs MS Word. There is a seven-day trial version. The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office has awarded seven patents for WordRake editing software's unique technology, and Harvard Law School has recognized WordRake as "Disruptive Innovation." Not currently available for Mac or web-only Office 365.


Try free for 2 weeks. Only works on PCs. 

BriefCatch gives you all these benefits on demand:

  • Get tailored feedback based on thousands of editing suggestions
  • Accept or ignore each suggestion, or turn off a rule for an entire document
  • Get help in shortening words, sentences, and even entire documents in just seconds
  • Get help with punch and flow
  • Get help in using case law more effectively
  • Spot words and practices that annoy judges and other readers
  • Spot inconsistencies in wording, language, and punctuation, including the use of the serial comma
  • Spot uses of the passive voice
  • Spot sentences that are unusually long
  • Spot certain citation errors
  • Spot typos that other spell checkers miss
  • Get scores that give you real-time objective feedback on your document’s flow, style, and overall readability


  • Works in MS Word
  • Guides you through potential errors
  • Can learn your preferences
  • Will enforce your house style and build your brand
  • The best and fastest way to find consistency mistakes
  • Free limited trial
  • PerfectIt Pro is not Mac compatible

Hemingway Editor

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Hemingway makes your writing bold and clear. It's like a spell checker, but for style. It makes sure that your reader will focus on your message, not your prose. It checks for readability, grade level, adverbs, word choice, and passive voice. You can export your work into blogs, MS Word, and web pages, including HTML headings, formatting and links. You can even save a PDF of a piece of writing, with all the Hemingway highlights intact. Perfect for showing people what improvements they need to make. There is a free web version as well as a paid desktop version for Mac and PC.