Guide to Legal Writing Style

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-02-11
  • Publisher: Aspen Publishers

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With its precise focus on the nuances of legal writing style, this popular paperback text gives readers sensible advice on how to refine and enhance their writing. Guide to Legal Writing Style can be used effectively alongside any basic legal writing coursebook. The book delivers specific advice, targeted to the needs of the novice legal writer: Expands on basic skills of first-year courses by explaining how skills affect readers and offering additional techniques for improvement; Zeroes in on style issues that make the written document more readable and elegant; Provides crisp, pointed, how-to guidance, written in a personal and humorous style; Models clear organization by dividing advice into five chapters covering organization, sentence structure, word choice, punctuation and formatting, making it easy for students to find the information they need; Includes helpful examples of both good and bad writing that show students how to put their knowledge into practice; Concludes with an expanded chapter on formatting that compares and contrasts strong examples of formatting different types of documents.

Table of Contents

Message to Studentsp. xv
Reviewing the Basicsp. 1
Basic Reviewp. 2
Answers to Basic Reviewp. 2
Higher Competency Quizp. 4
Creating Sentences with Stylep. 7
Unraveling Tough Sentences; Creating and Connecting Sentences with Stylep. 9
Unraveling Tough Sentences; Creating and Connecting Sentences with Stylep. 21
Avoiding Sentence Errorsp. 22
Avoiding Errorp. 30
Incorporating Authorityp. 31
Incorporating Authorityp. 36
What to Rememberp. 37
Advice to English as a Second Language Writersp. 37
Choosing Words with Stylep. 39
Jargon and Terms of Artp. 40
Professional Tonep. 42
Strong Nouns and Verbsp. 44
Nominalizationsp. 46
Wordinessp. 47
Treacherous/Misused Wordsp. 50
What to Rememberp. 57
Advice to English as a Second Language Writersp. 57
Concluding Exercisesp. 58
Punctuating with Stylep. 61
General Punctuation Rulesp. 62
Specific Legal Writing Rulesp. 69
What to Rememberp. 72
Advice to English as a Second Language Writersp. 72
Concluding Exercisesp. 73
Organizing with Stylep. 75
Undergraduate versus Law School Organizationp. 76
How to Begin to Organizep. 84
Introductory Materialp. 85
Other Components of Organizing with Stylep. 86
Using Headings as Signpostsp. 86
Using Topic Sentences and Transitions Effectivelyp. 87
Other Helpful Advice for Organizing with Stylep. 90
What to Rememberp. 93
Advice to English as a Second Language Writersp. 94
Concluding Exercisesp. 95
Presenting Material with Stylep. 99
Visual Presentationp. 100
Memorandum of Law (Segment)p. 106
Law Student Cover Letterp. 107
Proofreading and Other Nuances of Presentationp. 109
What to Rememberp. 113
Appendix Answers to Exercisesp. 115
Higher Competency Quizp. 115
Creating Sentences with Stylep. 116
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Concluding Exercisesp. 119
Concluding Exercisesp. 120
Concluding Exercisesp. 121
Indexp. 125
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