Guide to Legal Writing Style

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Aspen Publishers, 2004 - Law - 121 pages
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With its precise focus on the nuances of legal writing style, this popular paperback text gives students sensible advice on how to refine and enhance their writing. Guide to Legal Writing Style, Third Edition, 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.
These important changes make the Third Edition even more effective:
An accompanying CD-ROM contains multiple exercises, allowing both professors and students additional opportunities for practice and feedback.
A new emphasis on legal ethics extends to the examples and exercises.
Concise edition is for more convenient reference.
Whatever materials you use in your legal writing class, adding Guide to Legal Writing Style, Third Edition will help your students develop and practice valuable skills they will use throughout their careers.

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Contents

PUNCTUATING WITH STYLE
71
FORMATTING FOR A VISUAL SOCIETY
85
AND CONCLUDING EXERCISES
103
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Terri LeClercq, Ph.D., taught rhetoric and composition and legal writing for over 30 years. Her interest in prison reform developed from listening to law clerks and the formerly incarcerated. Inmates need writing advice. She has also published Guide to Legal Writing Style (Aspen Press) and Expert Legal Writing (University of Texas Press).

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