Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text with Exercises

Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text with Exercises

Paperback Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, & Publishing

By (author) Bryan A. Garner

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 234mm x 20mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 27 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226283933
  • ISBN 13: 9780226283937
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 69 line drawings, 8 tables
  • Sales rank: 59,004

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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 class-room-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.

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Bryan A. Garner is president of LawProse, Inc., and the Distinguished Research Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University. The editor in chief of Black's Law Dictionary, he is the author of several best-selling books, including Garner's Modern American Usage and, with Justice Antonin Scalia, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts and Making Your Case: The Art of Persunding Judges.

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"Bryan A. Garner is a genius" (David Foster Wallace) "Interspersed with rules of good writing is a revolutionary manifesto packaged in a plain gray wrapper. This book won't draw attention merely by sitting on your shelf, but if you put certain pieces of its advice in the next legal document you draft, you are sure to raise the eyebrows of any lawyer who reads it." (Trial) "This magnificent book explains every major principle of plain legal writing in a way that no other book has ever done. Get a copy for every law student, lawyer, and legislator that you know." (Mark E. Wojcik, John Marshall Law School)"