Plain English for Lawyers

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1994-01-01
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Pr

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With over a quarter of a million copies of the first two editions in print, Plain English for Lawyers is probably the most popular law school text today, speculates the New York Times. This updated and enlarged third edition will continue to serve the legal writing field for many years to come. Over thirty reader's exercises illustrate and reinforce the principles of plain English. New to this edition is a chapter on punctuation.
As in earlier editions, Wydick uses examples from briefs, statutes, opinions, and other legal writings to show how the legal profession can use basic techniques of good writing.

Author Biography

Richard C. Wydick has been a member of the law faculty at the University of California, Davis since 1972.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Why Plain English?p. 3
Omit Surplus Wordsp. 9
Use Base Verbs, Not Nominalizationsp. 25
Prefer the Active Voicep. 29
Use Short Sentencesp. 35
Arrange Your Words with Carep. 43
Choose Your Words with Carep. 57
Avoid Language Quirksp. 73
Punctuate Carefullyp. 85
Reader's Exercise Keyp. 117
Additional Exercisesp. 133
Index and Lawyer's World Guidep. 165
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