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The Elements of Legal Style : Elements of Legal Style - Bryan A. Garner

The Elements of Legal Style

Elements of Legal Style

Hardcover Published: 21st March 2002
ISBN: 9780195141627
Number Of Pages: 288

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With expanded coverage in this new edition, The Elements of Legal Style features additional sections, many more examples, and a thoroughly researched appendix that contains 80 major statements on prose style--what it is and how to attain it. Inspired by Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, this book clearly (often wittily) explains the full range of what legal writers need to know: mechanics, word choice, structure, and rhetoric, as well as all the special conventions that legal writers should follow in using headings, defined terms, quotations, and many other devices. Garner also provides abundant examples from the best legal writers of yesterday and today, including Oliver Wendell Holmes, Clarence Darrow, Frank Easterbrook, and Antonin Scalia.
If you want to make your writing clearer, more precise, more persuasive, and above all more stylish, The Elements of Legal Style offers the surest--and the most enjoyable--means to that end.

"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

The Letters of the Lawp. 1
Fundamental Rules of Usagep. 15
Punctuationp. 15
Word Choicep. 29
Grammar and Syntaxp. 40
Fundamental Principles of Legal Writingp. 53
Some Matters of Formp. 75
Words and Expressions Confused and Misusedp. 99
Rhetorical Figures in Lawp. 149
Comparisonp. 150
Wordplayp. 154
Syntactic Arrangementp. 160
Repetitionp. 168
An Approach to Legal Stylep. 177
Being Yourselfp. 177
Exposition and Argumentp. 181
Speaking Legallyp. 191
Expressive Tacticsp. 198
A Parting Wordp. 221
Eighty Classic Statements About Stylep. 223
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9780195141627
ISBN-10: 0195141628
Series: Elements of Legal Style
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 21st March 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.9  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised