The Elements of Legal Style

The Elements of Legal Style

by Bryan A. Garner
     
 

Like the Shrunk and White book, The Elements of Legal Style offers authoritative, down-to-earth, and often witty advice on a broad array of writing concerns, from basic grammatical rules to enhancing clarity, force, and persuasivenss. Unlike Shrunk and White, it is written for lawyers, law students, judges and their law clerks - for anyone who writes in andSee more details below

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Like the Shrunk and White book, The Elements of Legal Style offers authoritative, down-to-earth, and often witty advice on a broad array of writing concerns, from basic grammatical rules to enhancing clarity, force, and persuasivenss. Unlike Shrunk and White, it is written for lawyers, law students, judges and their law clerks - for anyone who writes in and about the law. With broad experience as a practitioner, academic, and writing consultant, Garner knows first hand where legal writing goes wrong, and he pays particular attention to these trouble spots. He not only reveals how and why lawyers spill their words verbosely, he also memorably shows how laywers can clean up their spills. In a section on commonly misused words in law, Garner crisply guides readers through the hazards of legal wordchoice.

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Library Journal
A decade after the key first edition, Garner, editor in chief of Black's Law Dictionary and other works on legal writing, provides expanded coverage of appropriate legal prose and common errors in legal language, with the goal of encouraging clarity in legal writing. Throughout, he emphasizes fundamental rules of usage and fundamental principles of legal writing that range from punctuation, word choice, and syntactic arrangement to various forms of repetition. Suggestions regarding word choice give a good indication of his approach: he guides writers to strike out and replace fancy words, challenge vague words, and eschew euphemisms. In the foreword, Charles Alan Wright accurately comments that for lawyers "words are the only things we have to work with." Indeed, this book speaks not only to lawyers but to other writers as well, urging them to use style to develop persuasion, description, or analysis. Highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries. Steven Puro, St. Louis Univ. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Publishers each year spew out writing books for law students by the dozen. Forget them. This is the best. We had not believed that this classic work could be substantially improved. The inimitable Mr. Garner has proven this belief wrong, and happily so."-ABA Appellate Practice Journal

"Garner has given to the legal profession [an] extraordinary book....Invaluable."—South Dakota Law Review

"Bryan Garner...is rapidly becoming—if he's not there already—America's foremost authority on language and the law."—Barrister

"An expanded and more relaxed edition of his 1991 sourcebook."—William Safire, New York Times Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195058604
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.99(d)

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