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Writing Tools: 5 Free Online Apps for Law Students

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The recent tilt to remote learning or online classes had most law students getting more writing assignments from their law professors than they would during the “pre-pandemic” learning set-up. Hence, any law student could use all the resources they could get, such as free writing tools, to ace these written works.

If you’re someone (law student or not), who is struggling in completing your written assignments, this post is for you.

10 Online Writing Tools Every [Law] Student May Use for Free

As my way of helping you out, I compiled some of my favorite FREE and tried-and-tested online writing tools. I use them both for law school and my writing jobs.

Here they are:

Grammarly (my go-to of all my favorite writing tools)

I want to start off this list with my all-time favorite, Grammarly. This free online writing tool has been my go-to in the last 5 years. Whenever I don’t feel confident with my written output, I’d open my free Grammarly app.

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Grammarly allows you to check your document for the following:

  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Plagiarism

While I recognize the need to continuously improve one’s writing skill for or while in law school, it won’t hurt to get a bit of “help”, right?

So, if you struggle with writing, I highly recommend you download Grammarly on your desktop or laptop. After all, it’s free.

OneLook

Are you running out of words to use on your law school essay or case digest?

Would you like to know the context of certain phrases you’re not too familiar with before using them on your law school assignments?

Well, OneTool does these for free.

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OneTool gives you the meaning or synonyms of any word you’d like to use in your essays or written works. I discovered this when I came across a blog post from Capitalize My Title.

As you can see from the photo above, you have a lot of synonyms of a particular word to choose from. In addition, it helps you find different usages of any word you have in mind. Just click the “usage examples” button below the OneTool search bar and it will lead you to a page (called Rhymezone) that has the usage samples you’re looking for.

Meanwhile, if you’re an avid Google Docs user, the OneLook thesaurus may also be installed as an add on. Convenient, isn’t it?

Cliche Finder

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Cliche Finder is an online writing tool you may use to check if your law school essays or written works have repetitive sentences or phrases in them.

Not that repeating certain expressions or statements in your writing is bad. Sometimes, they’re needed, especially if emphasis is something you’re going for.

However, it pays to have variety in words or phrases as it adds quality to your writing.

In the photo on the right, you’ll see how I used the introductory paragraph of this blog post to demonstrate how Cliche Finder works.

Based on results, there are no “cliches” or repetitive statements found in my introduction. (Yay!)

Furthermore, Cliche Finder gives certain word choice results for you to choose from. These are useful in case you want to replace the words it highlighted. It’s like an additional thesaurus feature.

You get all these features for free only by opening the Cliche Finder website on your browser.

Hemingway Editor

If you’re looking for an all-in-one online writing tool for law school work, then Hemingway Editor is something you’d love to try.

Hemingway Editor spots complex sentences, weakening phrases (those that make use of lazy words that leave your writing dull or “weak”), and passive voice sentences in your written work. These findings are colorcoded, making editing and crossreferencing easier for you.

Apart from the abovementioned errors, this writing app also gives your essay or writing a readability score. This ensures your writing is easy to understand or read. In turn, this improves the quality of your written work and makes communication through your writing more effective.

If you haven’t tried this tool, you better give it a go now.

Microsoft Word’s Built-In Readability Test

Your Readability Test measures your law school essay’s / writing’s reading ease. Good thing, our Microsoft Word software already has this feature built in to it.

Consequently, this test has two components, namely the Flesch Reading Ease Test and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Test.

Flesch Reading Ease Test. — This test rates the understandability or comprehensibility of a written work. For your writing to be considered easy-to-understand, it has to garner a score range of at least 60 to 70.

Flesh-Kincaid Grade Level Test — On the other hand, this readability test rates your writing as how a U.S. school grader would understand it. Say, you got a score of 7. This means a 7th grader can understand your work. According to Microsoft, the average score for this test is 7 or 8.

To appreciate what this test does, you may want to watch my short video demo here:

Share this writing tools list with your law school friends or loved ones

So, there you have it — 5 free writing tools / apps that can help any law student or college student with his or her essays and other written assignments. If you find this article useful, please consider sharing it with your classmates, friends, or loved ones.

However, here’s a little reminder. Always remember there’s no replacement to knowing your basic grammar rules, spellings, and punctuations. While these tools are great to aid you in writing, the bulk of work still depends on you and your mastery of the English language.

If you want to learn more tips on improving your writing for law school, check out this article I wrote about it.

Happy writing and studying!

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