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Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text with Exercises
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
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 5th 2001 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published January 1st 2001)
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Aug 07, 2007 Inder rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lawyers and other analytical writers
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
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.
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.