Plain English for Lawyers
How does the fifth edition of Plain English for Lawyers differ from its predecessors? It remains (in size only!) a little book, small enough and palatable enough not to intimidate over-loaded law students. "Most o...more
This is what a practical book on writing should be at a minimum: It's not art, but it is efficient, useful, and clever.
I think this is something 1Ls should be required to read, and a good amount of legal writing instructors: particularly those over 40 or 45.
Writers on legal style tend to emphasize a series of "grammar rules" -- many of which are preferences rather than rules and many of which are just basic writing. The really, really hard part about legal writing is not that writers are jerks who like to sound musty, but that the writer has to work very hard to understand what he or she is writi ...more