Legal Writing in Plain English Second Edition

Author: Bryan A. Garner
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226031392
Release Date: 2013-08-26
Genre: Law

Admirably clear, concise, down-to-earth, and powerful—all too often, legal writing embodies none of these qualities. Its reputation for obscurity and needless legalese is widespread. Since 2001 Bryan A. Garner’s Legal Writing in Plain English has helped address this problem by providing lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and legal scholars with sound advice and practical tools for improving their written work. Now the leading guide to clear writing in the field, this indispensable volume encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process that will appeal to other professionals: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills. Accessible and witty, Legal Writing in Plain English draws on real-life writing samples that Garner has gathered through decades of teaching experience. Trenchant advice covers all types of legal materials, from analytical and persuasive writing to legal drafting, and the book’s principles are reinforced by sets of basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises in each section. In this new edition, Garner preserves the successful structure of the original while adjusting the content to make it even more classroom-friendly. He includes case examples from the past decade and addresses the widespread use of legal documents in electronic formats. His book remains the standard guide for producing the jargon-free language that clients demand and courts reward.

Legal Writing in Plain English

Author: Bryan A. Garner
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226284187
Release Date: 2001-06-05
Genre: Business & Economics

Admirably clear, concise, down-to-earth, and powerful-unfortunately, these adjectives rarely describe legal writing, whether in the form of briefs, opinions, contracts, or statutes. In Legal Writing in Plain English, Bryan A. Garner provides lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and legal scholars sound advice and practical tools for improving their written work. The book encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills. In essence, it teaches straight thinking—a skill inseparable from good writing. Replete with common sense and wit, the book draws on real-life writing samples that Garner has gathered through more than a decade of teaching in the field. Trenchant advice covers all types of legal materials, from analytical and persuasive writing to legal drafting. Meanwhile, Garner explores important aspects of document design. Basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises in each section reinforce the book's principles. (An answer key to basic exercises is included in the book; answers to intermediate and advanced exercises are provided in a separate Instructor's Manual, free of charge to instructors.) Appendixes include a comprehensive punctuation guide with advice and examples, and four model documents. Today more than ever before, legal professionals cannot afford to ignore the trend toward clear language shorn of jargon. Clients demand it, and courts reward it. Despite the age-old tradition of poor writing in law, Legal Writing in Plain English shows how legal writers can unshackle themselves. Legal Writing in Plain English includes: *Tips on generating thoughts, organizing them, and creating outlines. *Sound advice on expressing your ideas clearly and powerfully. *Dozens of real-life writing examples to illustrate writing problems and solutions. *Exercises to reinforce principles of good writing (also available on the Internet). *Helpful guidance on page layout. *A punctuation guide that shows the correct uses of every punctuation mark. *Model legal documents that demonstrate the power of plain English.

Language on Trial

Author:
Publisher: Robson Book Limited
ISBN: STANFORD:36105060469652
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Communication in law

This book looks at the forces that have made traditional legal language what it is today and suggests some reasoms why the law needs plain English. It also shows why most of its peculiarities are unnecessary.

Legal Writing for International Students

Author: Susan Reid
Publisher: Peconic Press
ISBN: 0976817608
Release Date: 2005-01-01
Genre: Study Aids

Legal writing instruction, including contracts, briefs, "irac" format/Readings and writings in legal contexts/Essay structure and rhetorical modes/Business letter writing, including sample letters and useful phrases/Reading and vocabulary building strategies/Law school reading and writing preparation/Writing a research paper for law school or law journals

A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage

Author: Bryan A. Garner
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195142365
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Law

Bryan A. Garner, an editor, academic and practicing lawyer, has written an accessible, authoritative, and up-to-date guide that will help anyone in the legal thicket to write better. "The most extensive resources available for legal word usage".--Library Journal.

Garner on Language and Writing

Author: Bryan A. Garner
Publisher: American Bar Association
ISBN: 1604424451
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Law

Since the 1987 appearance of A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, Bryan A. Garner has proved to be a versatile and prolific writer on legal-linguistic subjects. This collection of his essays shows both profound scholarship and sharp wit. The essays cover subjects as wide-ranging as learning to write, style, persuasion, contractual and legislative drafting, grammar, lexicography, writing in law school, writing in law practice, judicial writing, and all the literature relating to these diverse subjects.

Nlrb Style Manual

Author: National Labor Relations Board
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1539530256
Release Date: 2016-10-15
Genre:

Legal Writing in Plain English is a manual written for legal and non-legal audiences. This manual provides a wealth of material useful for understanding and navigating National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) cases and other types of cases. The NLRB Style Guide provides guidance in drafting and writing in the context of working with the NLRB.

Garner s Dictionary of Legal Usage

Author: Bryan A. Garner
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195384208
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Law

This new edition of Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage discusses and analyzes modern legal vocabulary and style more thoroughly than any other contemporary reference work. Since the first edition, Bryan A. Garner has drawn on his unrivaled experience as a legal editor to refine his position on legal usage. The new Third Edition remains indispensable: Garner has updated entries throughout, added hundreds of new entries and thousands of new illustrative quotations from judicial opinions andleading lawbooks, revised the selected bibliography, and expanded and updated cross-references to guide readers quickly and easily. A new preface introduces the reader to this edition and discusses content that has been newly incorporated. Influential writers and editors rely on Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage daily. It is an essential resource for practicing lawyers, legal scholars, and libraries of all sizes and types, functioning as both a style guide and a law dictionary, guiding writers to distinguish between true terms of law and mere jargon and illustrating recommended forms of expression. Common blunders are discussed in ways that will discourage writers from any further use. The origins of frequently used expressions are described with engaging prose. Collectively, there is no better resource for approaching legal writing in a logical, clear, and error-free way.

Strategies and Tactics for the FINZ Multistate Method

Author: Steven Finz
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 9781454878889
Release Date: 2016-04-29
Genre: Study Aids

Strategies & Tactics for the Finz Multistate Method features more than 1100 multiple-choice questions and answers, with over 140 questions for each topic. Every question is written in the Multistate Bar Exam style and complies with the latest MBE formats. Since they are original and not actual released exam questions, these questions are unavailable anywhere else. An in-depth guide, “Strategies & Tactics—Playing the MBE Game to Win,” shows students how to handle MBE and MBE-style multiple-choice questions. Detailed answers explain the correct choice and show why the others fall short. Strategies & Tactics for the Finz Multistate Method comes with a complete 200-question MBE-style practice exam. The revised Third Edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest MBE formats and presents 75 brand new original questions. Features: more than 1100 multiple-choice questions and answers―over 140 questions for each topic every question written in the Multistate Bar Exam style and complies with the latest MBE formats questions are unavailable anywhere else―author-generated but are not released exam questions Strategies & Tactics—Playing the MBE Game to Win, an in-depth guide on handling MBE and MBE-style multiple-choice questions detailed answers that explain the correct choice and why the others are incorrect complete 200-question MBE-style practice exam The revised Third Edition presents: 75 brand new original questions

Legal Writing

Author: Linda H. Edwards
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 9781454895916
Release Date: 2018-01-31
Genre: Law

Legal Writing: Process, Analysis, and Organization, Seventh Edition by the 2017 Burton Award recipient and renowned author, Linda Edwards, is the only legal writing text that uses a process approach, presenting writing as a logical sequence of steps. Streamlined to meet the needs of today’s students, the Seventh Edition uses adult learning theory concepts and a “flipped classroom” approach to add even greater focus and efficiency to classroom and study time. Key Features: New Chapter (4) on working with statutes. Updated chapter on citation Improved coverage of brief-writing Streamlined chapter on letter writing to better meet the need of a first-year course. Modern process approach, with streamlined content for better absorption by students Clear and informal language Helpful appendices offering sample of office memos, sample letters, and appellate briefs.

Writing for Dollars Writing to Please

Author: Joseph Kimble
Publisher:
ISBN: 1611631912
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Business & Economics

This book seeks to change public and legal writing—by making the ultimate case for plain language. The book gathers a large body of evidence for two related truths: using plain language can save businesses and government agencies a ton of money, and plain language serves and satisfies readers in every possible way. The book also debunks the ten biggest myths about plain writing. And it looks back on 40 highlights in plain-language history. Professor Joseph Kimble is a leading international expert on this subject. Here is the book that sums up his important work. His message is vital to every government writer, business writer, and attorney.

Plain English for Doctors and Other Medical Scientists

Author: Oscar Linares
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190654849
Release Date: 2017-03
Genre:

Plain English for Doctors is the first book on plain English medical writing. Its tips on writing clearly are specific, and easy to apply. Each tip comes with exercises based on excerpts from articles published in leading medical journals. This book is a must for any medical writer.

Writing to Win

Author: Steven D. Stark
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 9780307888747
Release Date: 2012-04-24
Genre: Law

From a master teacher, a results-oriented approach to powerful legal writing that communicates, that persuades--and that wins. Of all the professions, the law has the most deserved reputation for opaque, jargon-clogged writing. Legal education, which focuses on judicial opinions, not instruments of persuasion, is partly to blame. Yet forceful writing is one of the most potent weapons of legal advocacy. In Writing to Win, Steve Stark, a former teacher of writing at Harvard Law, who has taught thousands of aspiring and practicing lawyers, has written the only book on the market that applies the universal principles of vigorous prose to the job of making a case--and winning it. Writing to Win focuses on the writing of lawyers, not judges, and includes dozens of examples of effective (and ineffective) real-life writing--as well as models drawn from advertising, journalism, and fiction. It deals with the problems lawyers face in writing, from organization to strengthening and editing prose; teaches ways of improving arguments; addresses litigation and technical writing in all its forms; and covers the writing attorneys must perform in their practice, from memos and letters to briefs and contracts. Each chapter opens with a succinct set of rules for easy reference. No other legal writing book on the market is as practical, as focused on results, as well written as Writing to Win. From the Trade Paperback edition.