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Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text with Exercises

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  337 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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 ...more
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Published July 15th 2011 by University of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 2001)
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Inder
Aug 07, 2007 Inder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lawyers and other analytical writers
Shelves: law, work
Bryan Garner is a genius. I wish I could use all of his suggestions in my legal writing, but (a) I'm a creature of habit; and (b) the legal profession is stuck in its bad old ways. Still, I do my best to use his better suggestions on a regular basis. No passive voice, people! Deep issues are the only way to go! Put cites in footnotes! Garner is an advocate of simplicity and reason in a profession that wades, eye-deep, in jargon and archaic clogged-up writing. Remember, good writing makes the rea ...more
Hamid Harasani
Oct 27, 2011 Hamid Harasani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: law, writing
This gives some great legal writing tips that any professional legal writer can benefit from. The author's style is truly reflective of his impressive command in writing plain English.
B
Apr 26, 2015 B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A lot of these tips are as good as tips go. But the book seems to believe that you have, among other things, a group full of lawyers willing to do work to create exercises for each other and access to senior lawyers who are willing to talk about their writing process whenever you'd like.

Some of the exercises include things like (I kid you not) find additional authority that support the tips made in the last chapter.

Garner also tends to treat his preferences like ironclad rules.
Mara Kartiwa
I will not rate this book,,, I tried reading it and tried to understand it, but it was just too difficult for me,,, reading it felt like i was reading a book in a foreign language,,, i guess legal writing is just not my thing,,, =P
Alex Roe
Aug 27, 2016 Alex Roe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, though not great for lawyers who are not native speakers of English. Having said that, information in this book provides tips which can improve the structure and quality of legal writers no matter what their language, though I'd be happy to be challenged on this.
Kv
May 31, 2014 Kv rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great reference book for students. I haven't used the exercises or assigned those to my students, but the other parts of the book are incredibly useful for those who aim to improve their legal writing. The explanations and the examples are clear and succinct. A great resource.
Philip Miles
Feb 01, 2016 Philip Miles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book includes practical advice that lawyers can implement immediately. (Note: I read the 2nd ed. on Kindle)
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