Briefwriting Masterclass moves to Port Harcourt, 28-30 October 2015.

By popular demand from the Rivers and neighboring bars, The Write House takes Briefwriting Masterclass to Port Harcourt this October.

Golden Tulip, Port Harcourt, 28-30 Oct 2015
Chelsea Hotel, CBD Abuja, 2-4 Dec 2015

Irvin Taylor memorably stated, “A brief should be luminous, not voluminous.”

Now a 3-day boot camp with exercises and group tasks, Briefwriting Masterclass is an eclectic treatment of written advocacy. Linguistics, logic, psychology, rhetoric, and semantics combine with law to make this course indisputably nonpareil.

This brief-writing symposium will:
1. sharpen your analytical skills- you’ll learn to analyze facts, issues, and authorities;
2. hone your issue-spotting acumen- you’ll learn to identify and diagnose legal issues; and
3. deepen your precedent-application prowess- you’ll learn to synthesize diverse precedents and apply them to your clients’ advantage.

You will learn how to write winning briefs, submissions, and written addresses.

Just look at the course outline (attached below). Download the course outline here.

When you write as we teach, the judiciary will fall in love with your majestic prose, whilst looking askance at your opponent’s lumpen apologetics.

Port Harcourt
Dates: Wed 28-Fri 30 Oct 2015
Time: 9am-5pm each day
Venue: Golden Tulip Hotel, GRA Port Harcourt
Fee: N150,000

Dates: Wed 2-Friday 4 Dec 2015
Time: 9am-5pm each day
Venue: Chelsea Hotel, CBD Abuja
Fees: N150,000

Please pay in advance to The Write House, 0153954433, GTBank.

• If you pay by online transfer, enter your full name and preferred workshop in the Reference or Remarks column of your bank’s online platform, or email transfer advice to
• If you deposit cash or cheque, add your name and preferred workshop onto the deposit slip and email it to
• Once we confirm your payment, we shall register you and prepare your certificate in advance.

The Write House
Phone +234 803 341 2508, +234 812 236 3614

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Lawyers should possess semantic exactitude—we should appreciate subtle distinctions between words or expressions that look, seem, or sound similar.

In providing most of the following guidance, we have relied heavily on the Concise Oxford English Dictionary and Garner’s Modern American Usage.

aberrant versus abhorrent

Aberrant is the adjective associated with the noun aberration. An aberration is an unwelcome deviation from what is normal. Aberrant means departing from an accepted standard or deviating from behavioral or social norms.

Abhorrent is the adjective associated with the verb abhor. To abhor is to detest, loathe, or seriously hate (something). Abhorrent means “inspiring disgust and loathing.”

abjection versus abjectness

Both nouns derive from the adjective abject. Although the Concise Oxford English Dictionary lists the first sense of abject as “(of something bad) experienced to the maximum degree: living in abject poverty,” the second sense (“completely without pride or dignity: an abject apology)” is perhaps more common in learned writing.

Abjection and abjectness both “refer to a state of being cast aside, abased, and humiliated. The subtle difference between the two is that abjection refers to the physical condition …. Abjectness refers to the state of mind ….”

abjure versus adjure

To abjure is to (formally or solemnly) renounce. A second meaning is “to avoid.”

To adjure is to (formally or solemnly) urge someone to do something, to “charge or entreat solemnly; to urge earnestly.”

absorb versus adsorb

To absorb is to soak up (usually but not necessarily liquid); to take in information; to assimilate (a lesser entity) into a larger one.

Adsorb is a scientific term referring to “the collecting of condensed gas (or similar substance) on a surface.” To adsorb is (of a solid) to “hold (molecules of a gas, liquid, or solute) as a thin film on surfaces outside or within the material”.

adapt versus adopt

The verb adapt has 2 senses: 1. make suitable for a new use or purpose, to modify for one’s own purposes; and 2. become adjusted to new conditions.

In the senses in which you might confuse it with adapt, adopt means to accept something wholesale and use it; “to choose to take up or follow (an option or course of action)”; or “to assume (an attitude or position).”

adduce, deduce, and educe

To adduce is to put forward (argument, evidence) for consideration, or to cite as evidence.

To deduce is to infer, or to arrive at (a fact or a conclusion) by reasoning.

To educe is to draw out, elicit, or evoke.

admission versus admittance

Use admittance in a strictly physical sense: No admittance into these premises after dark.

Typically, use admission in nonphysical and figurative senses: Her admission to the bar brought untold joy to her family.

You can also use admission in a physical sense when rights or privileges attach to the physical entry: The Interior Minister is responsible for the admission of foreigners into the country.

adverse versus averse

Adverse means hostile, negative, or unpleasant; or unlikely to produce a good result: adverse change, adverse circumstances, adverse (side) effects, adverse weather conditions.

Averse means opposed to.

The Write House introduces new book, ‘Anatomy of a Brief’.

About the Book
Anatomy of a Brief will help you master the art and science of persuasive brief writing. This book will revolutionize the way you prepare briefs, submissions, and written addresses. It will give you a competitive edge in the litigation minefield.

About the Author
Chinua Asuzu is the Senior Partner at Assizes Lawfirm, a Commissioner of the Tax Appeal Tribunal, an Adjunct Lecturer (Legal Writing) at Nigerian Law School, and the Dean of The Write House.

An active member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chinua Asuzu serves on NBA’s Legal Education Committee. He is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).

About the Publisher
The Write House published Anatomy of a Brief.

The Write House is now the acknowledged authority in Nigeria on legal-writing curriculum and pedagogy.

A continuing-legal-education organization, The Write House is Africa’s frontline team of legal-writing consultants and mentors. It pioneered the Plain English movement in Nigeria.

The Write House is the accredited representative in Nigeria of the global Test of Legal English Skills (TOLES). We provide learned-writing training to lawyers and nonlawyers. For more information, browse our website

Book Price

Subsidized Nationwide Delivery Rates
The Write House has subsidized delivery cost by over 50%. So when we courier the book to you, you pay only N1000 extra, bringing the total price to N6000. This applies to deliveries within Nigeria only.

Delivery outside Nigeria
N5000 + delivery cost to any location outside Nigeria

Buy the book online.
To buy Anatomy of a Brief online, click here. We will deliver it to any address you provide.

Available in Bookshops, NBA Branches, and Bookstands
Anatomy of a Brief is also available in the following bookshops, NBA branches, and bookstands:

Florence & Lambard, Ikorodu Road, Palmgrove, Lagos
Patmos Exclusive, 181 Igbosere Road, Lagos
University of Lagos Bookshop, University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos

NBA Branches
NBA Ikeja Secretariat, Bar Centre, Ikeja- Mrs Queen, 08035318983
NBA Lagos, High Court Terrace, Igbosere, Lagos

Lagos Island
Lagos State High Court, Igbosere
Ademola 185 Igbosere Road Lagos 08028365091, 08187505990
Lola Oremade, Lagos State High Court, Lagos, 08038351984
Mercy Godwin, Court of Appeal (Lagos Division) beside Lagos State High Court, Igbosere 08089562816
Mustapha Law Books, Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, 07034250250

Abimbola Oni, Shop 7, Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, 08064090182
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Irobi Blessing, Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, 08132179522
Iya Ibeji, Shop 12 New POWA Market, Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, 08037527062
Mrs Agunbiade, Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, 08034316801
Mrs Olusoga, Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, 08023413671
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Patricia Micheal, Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, 08062136954
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Brief Writing Masterclass- Learn to write killer briefs.

Chelsea Hotel Abuja, 24-25 June 2015

Brief Writing Masterclass is boldly interdisciplinary in its approach to persuasive writing. Communications theory, linguistics, logic, psychology, rhetoric, and semantics combine with law to make this course absolutely peerless.

Winning Briefs, Winnowing Issues

To write a winning brief, you must first winnow the issues.

Justice Antonin Scalia of the US Supreme Court agrees that issue formulation is key to writing persuasive briefs. Following is an excerpt from Scalia’s interview with Bryan Garner, the famed legal-writing coach:

Garner: Herbert Wechsler is reputed to have said that he would spend half his time writing a brief just on crafting the issues. Does that make sense to you?
Scalia: That makes total sense. That makes total sense.
Garner: Why?
Scalia: That’s what the case is about, especially at the Supreme Court level. We don’t care who wins or loses. We care about what the legal issue is that is going to decide not just this case but hundreds of other cases. So the crafting of that issue, “Look, this is the point of the controversy. This is the core of it.” Man, that’s everything. The rest is background music.

Attend Brief Writing Masterclass to learn how to write winning briefs, submissions, and written addresses.

Dates: Wednesday 24-Thursday 25 June 2015.
Time: 9am-5pm each day.
Venue: Chelsea Hotel Abuja.
Before 14 June 2015: N150,000.
14-20 June 2015: N175,000
After 20 June 2015: N200,000.

Please pay to The Write House, 0153954433, GTBank.
• If you pay by online transfer, enter your full name in the Reference or Remarks column of your bank’s online platform, or email transfer advice to
• If you deposit cash or cheque, scan and email deposit slip to
• Once we confirm your payment, we shall register you and prepare your certificate in advance.

Brief Writing Masterclass

Course Highlights

Law Degrees and Their Meanings

The undergraduate degree in law is Bachelor of Laws (LLB). In Nigeria and the US, you need a law degree (LLB in Nigeria; JD or LLB in the US) before you can become a lawyer. LLB is spelt LLB or LL.B., never L.L.B.

But many lawyers do not understand how come or why this strange abbreviation. Well, it comes from Latin. The Latin word lex means law. The plural of lex is legum. In Latin, you abbreviate a plural noun by doubling the first letter of the noun. An example is cc for copies, and pp for pages; hence LL for laws. LLB stands for Legum Baccalaureus, Latin for Bachelor of Laws. Your degree is Bachelor of Laws, not Bachelor in Law, and not Bachelor of Law.

LLM (or more rarely LL.M., but never L.L.M.) stands for Legum Magister, Latin for Master of Laws.

LLD (or more rarely LL.D., but never L.L.D.) stands for Legum Doctor, Latin for Doctor of Laws.

The discipline, law, is already expressed inside these degree titles. So you cannot have “LLB in Law”, or “LLM in Law”, or “LLD in Law”- just LLB, LLM, or LLD. Please review your CVs.

JD (Juris Doctor) is the American equivalent of an LLB. An SJD (Doctor of Juridical Science, Doctor of the Science of Law, or Scientiae Juridicae Doctor) is a research doctorate in law. It originated from the US and is offered in that country as well as in Canada.