Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text with Exercises

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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 ...
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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.

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Any involved in the legal professions will find Legal Writing In Plain English an important guide which blends a text with exercises. Proven techniques of legal writing are embedded in chapters which provide tips on creating outlines, expressing ideas, and common writing problems. A fine basic reference for any interested in legal writing.
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Meet the Author

Bryan A. Garner is president of LawProse, Inc., and Distinguished Research Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University. The editor-in-chief of Black’s Law Dictionary, Garner 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 Persuading Judges.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Pt. 1 Principles for All Legal Writing 1
1 Framing Your Thoughts 3
2 Phrasing Your Sentences 17
3 Choosing Your Words 34
Pt. 2 Principles Mainly for Analytical and Persuasive Writing 53
Pt. 3 Principles Mainly for Legal Drafting 89
Pt. 4 Principles for Document Design 121
Pt. 5 Methods for Continued Improvement 135
App. A: How to Punctuate 147
App. B: Four Model Documents 164
Key to Basic Exercises 207
Index 223
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    How anyone could give this book a bad review is beyond me -- they likely cannot read well enough to comprehend Bryan A. Garner's genius.

    A sensible and useful book. I cannot tout the greatness of this book enough except that if you want to succeed as an attorney and if you take pride in your work you will want to read this book. Nay, you will long to read this book.
    On a more practical note, Legal Writing in Plain English has all the tools to help make an average writer better and bring a good writer up to the level of naturally talented. Amazingly constructed with examples, explanations, and exercises, I don't know how Bryan Garner was able to construct such a masterpiece and still have more to teach in other books.
    Let it not be a surprise that many law schools use this as a text for their legal-writing courses. And would it be surprising for anyone to find out that many of the largest law firms in the U.S. hire Bryan Garner to teach this book to their lawyers -- both associates and partners alike. But unlike those lucky few that had their firms bring Garner into their offices to teach their lawyers, I had to find out about this book the hard way and later than I should have.
    I encourage you to read this book even if you just borrow it from the library. But you really do need your own copy for your notes to fill the pages and also as a desk-reference book that should find company among other Garner books that seem to be permanently stacked on my desk, both at home and at work. When this book is thoroughly read and worked through along with Garner's The Redbook and The Winning Brief, you have all the tools that a third party can give you to make you an incredible writer. But only you can give the dedication needed to transform your writing into something that sings. I agree with the great professor David Foster Wallace, Bryan A. Garner is truly a genius.
    Buying this book is the first step to choosing to be a better professional. And how could you not look to the editor in chief of Black's Law Dictionary and the only U.S. Supreme Court Justices co-author (with Justice Antonin Scalia in Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges) to help you succeed in legal writing?

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