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A new edition has been published, the details can be seen here:
The Red Book: A Manual on Legal Style 3rd ed isbn 9780314289018

The Red Book: A Manual on Legal Style 2nd ed

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ISBN13: 9780314168917
ISBN: 0314168915
New Edition ISBN: 9780314289018
Previous Edition ISBN: 0314258590
Published: July 2006
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Spiral Bound
Price: Out of print

The Redbook provides a comprehensive guide to the essential rules of legal writing. Unlike most style or grammar guides, it focuses on the special needs of legal writers. answering a wide spectrum of questions about grammar and style – both rules as well as exceptions.

Also gives detailed, authoritative advice on punctuation, capitalization, spelling, footnotes, and citations, with illustrations in legal context. Designed for law students, law professors, practicing lawyers and judges, the work emphasizes the ways in which legal writing differs from other styles of technical writing. Its how-to sections deal with editing and proofreading, numbers and symbols, and overall document design.


  • Details rules for 800 words with required prepositions in certain contexts
  • Explains the correct usage of more than 1,000 words that are often troublesome to legal writers
  • Provides model documents of all types of legal documents and pleadings
  • Reviews 200 terms of art that take on new meanings in legal contexts
  • Gives tips on preparing briefs and other court documents, opinion letters and demand letters, research memos, and contracts
  • Cautions on use of 500 stuffy phrases and needless legalisms, along with their everyday English translations