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The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well - Tom Goldstein

The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well

Paperback Published: 8th December 2015
ISBN: 9780520288430
Number Of Pages: 296

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This best-selling, eminently practical volume demystifies legal writing, outlines the causes and consequences of bad writing, and prescribes straightforward, easy-to-apply remedies that will make your writing readable. Usage notes address lawyers' most common errors, and editing exercises (with a suggested revision key that includes detailed explanations) allow you to test your skills, making this an invaluable tool for practicing lawyers as well as a sensible grounding for law students. This much-revised third edition contains examples of lawyers' original prose and provides a robust set of techniques that you can use to shorten, sharpen, and shape the words that constitute your livelihood.

New chapters in this edition cover such important topics as:

• Getting to the point
• Communicating digitally
• Writing persuasively
• Twenty-five common mistakes

About the Author

Tom Goldstein is Professor of Journalism and Director of the Media Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Jethro K. Lieberman is Martin Professor of Law Emeritus at New York Law School, where he was the director of its writing program for nearly a quarter century. He is the author or editor of more than twenty-five books, including The Litigious Society.


PART I: Why Lawyers Write Poorly

1. Does Bad Writing Really Matter?

2. Don't Make It Like It Was

PART II: The Practice Of Writing

3. Ten Steps to Writing It Down

4. Of Dawdlers and Scrawlers, Pacers and Plungers: Getting Started and Overcoming Blocks

5. The Technology of Getting It Down: From Quill Pens to Computers

6. Lawyers as Publishers: Words Are Your Product

PART III: Getting To The Point

7. Writing Persuasively for Your Audience: Tell Your Audience the Point

8. Writing the Lead

PART IV: Revising For Clarity And Luster

9. Form, Structure, and Organization

10. Wrong Words, Long Sentences, and Other Mister Meaners

11. Revising Your Prose

12. Making Your Writing Memorable

Notes Usage Notes An Editing Checklist Editing Exercises

Suggested Revisions to Editing Exercises Reference Works Acknowledgments

About The Authors


ISBN: 9780520288430
ISBN-10: 0520288432
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 8th December 2015
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised

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