A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage

A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage

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by Bryan A. Garner
     
 

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In its first edition, A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage became a classic in its field. The first comprehensive guide to legal style and usage, it filled a gap in reference literature by giving practical advice on how to write clear, jargon-free legal prose. Lawyers, judges, and law students have come to rely on DMLU, as have many who confront the language of the law… See more details below

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In its first edition, A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage became a classic in its field. The first comprehensive guide to legal style and usage, it filled a gap in reference literature by giving practical advice on how to write clear, jargon-free legal prose. Lawyers, judges, and law students have come to rely on DMLU, as have many who confront the language of the law in related fields, including journalism, business, and finance. Described in the Harvard Law Review as 'a work worthy of comparison to H. W. Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage, ' DMLU has become on indispensable reference.

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Library Journal
In this dictionary of American (and some British) legal usage, attorney Garner provides a ``charted course'' through legal language, advising on hundreds of usage problems in legal writing. Words, phrases, and a few topics are arranged alphabetically and defined or discussed with distinctions between similar terms carefully drawn. Problems in phraseology, diction, grammar, and style are dealt with and entries aptly illustrated from cases, statutes, etc. This volume supplements standard law dictionaries by adding to definitions and including terms not found. It is the most extensive resource available for legal word usage. Its strengths are depth in explanations, careful distinctions, and engaging style. A solid contribution to the improvement of legal writing, highly recommended for larger libraries and all libraries with law or law-related emphases. Mary Jane Brustman, SUNY at Albany Libs.
Booknews
**** A gem of a reference, and cited in BCL3 and the Supplement to Sheehy. As much a style guide as a legal dictionary, it presents practical advice on how to write clear legal prose, for lawyers, judges, law students, and those who confront the language of the law in related fields, such as journalism, business, and finance. It includes guidelines and illustrations, quotations from judges and prominent legal thinkers, and essays which explore the issues that legal writers routinely encounter. This edition is updated and expanded to more than twice the length of the original (1987). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Even law libraries that already own the first edition should benefit from Garner's new edition."--Law Library Journal

"Assiduous use of the newly revised Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage will improve mediocre legal writing and enhance good documents. Libraries that serve the legal community and people who read what lawyers write should add this work to their reference collections."--RQ

"The first edition of this book has been praised around the world as both the most reliable guide to legal usage and the most fascinating to read. The second edition outdoes even its predecessor, with more depth, more illustrative quotations, and more proof of Garner's lively literary style. He has surely established himself as the world's leading authority on the language of the law."--Charles Alan Wright

"The well-received Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage has been updated in this superior second edition....Even libraries that have the first edition should consider this new one, which is highly recommended for any law collection in public or academic libraries."--RBB/Booklist

"This dictionary sets the standard for legal usage. It is absolutely indispensable for law libraries, lawyers, and judges, and a wonderful addition to all academic and public library reference collections."--Library Journal

"An impressive enhancement of the original edition....Garner's approach to legal language makes this resource essential to law and social science collections and to all levels of readers, including lawyers."--Choice

"Keep a copy of this book where you write briefs. You will use A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, Second Edition, again and again with confidence and delight. This is one of the best books ever written for lawyers."--The Appellate Practice Journal and Update

"This dictionary is not only useful, it is actually fun to browse in. Its entries are admirably clear and direct, and often clever. If used regularly by enough lawyers, it could put an end to legalese."--The Federal Lawyer

"The first edition was highly regarded; this new edition is even better."--Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing

"Every administrative law judge should have the 9000 entries in this 948-page A-Z law dictionary/style guide handy as they write and edit decisions. This desk reference will assist greatly in clear thinking and writing."--National Association of Administrative Law Judges Newsletter

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195142365
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/17/2001
Edition description:
Subsequent
Pages:
980
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 2.00(d)

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