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The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well 3rd ed

ISBN13: 9780520288430
Previous Edition ISBN: 0520234731
Published: January 2016
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Paperback
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In this critically acclaimed book, Tom Goldstein and Jethro K. Lieberman demystify legal writing, outline the causes and consequences of poor writing, and prescribe easy-to-apply remedies to improve it. Reflecting changes in law practice over the past decade, this revised edition includes new sections around communicating digitally, getting to the point, and writing persuasively. It also provides an editing checklist, editing exercises with a suggested revision key, usage notes that address common errors, and reference works to further aid your writing. This straightforward guide is an invaluable tool for practicing lawyers and law students.

Drafting and Legal Writing
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
Usage Notes
An Editing Checklist
Editing Exercises
Suggested Revisions to Editing Exercises
Reference Works
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