Best legal writing book for judge + SA?

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UnderrateOverachieve
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Best legal writing book for judge + SA?

Postby UnderrateOverachieve » Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:18 am

Any recommendations for a good legal writing book that would benefit me for both judicial externship + actual practice. I am thinking something fairly remedial, but not necessarily remedial for structure of the legal arguments (I don't need an ELI5 for IRAC). I was thinking Plain English For Lawyers.

Ideally I would like to just get one text and spend some time over the break committing it to memory.

I do not have the best grammar, and I do sometimes fail to keep impromptu legal writing nice and coherent. Basically, a book that makes an average writer better.

Thanks guys!

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Re: Best legal writing book for judge + SA?

Postby deebanger » Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:35 am

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UnderrateOverachieve
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Re: Best legal writing book for judge + SA?

Postby UnderrateOverachieve » Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:13 am

deebanger wrote:.


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Arbiter213
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Re: Best legal writing book for judge + SA?

Postby Arbiter213 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:52 am

For the externship, try the federal judicial writing manual (they'll have some in chambers).

"A Curmudgeon's Guide to Law" has a great chapter on legal writing in the firm setting.

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Re: Best legal writing book for judge + SA?

Postby heartbreaker » Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:20 pm

Garner/Scalia's Making Your Case or Garner's The Winning Brief is great for persuasive writing tips. Posner's new book, Reflections on Judging, is good for advice on drafting judicial opinions.

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Re: Best legal writing book for judge + SA?

Postby ph14 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:21 pm

UnderrateOverachieve wrote:Any recommendations for a good legal writing book that would benefit me for both judicial externship + actual practice. I am thinking something fairly remedial, but not necessarily remedial for structure of the legal arguments (I don't need an ELI5 for IRAC). I was thinking Plain English For Lawyers.

Ideally I would like to just get one text and spend some time over the break committing it to memory.

I do not have the best grammar, and I do sometimes fail to keep impromptu legal writing nice and coherent. Basically, a book that makes an average writer better.

Thanks guys!


A judge recommended this to me: http://www2.law.ucla.edu/volokh/writing/

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Re: Best legal writing book for judge + SA?

Postby kings84_wr » Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:14 pm

Professor Volokh's book is great for academic writing.

For litigation oriented writing, I'd suggest Bryan Garner's "Legal writing in plain english" and "the winning brief: 100 Tips for Persuasive Briefing in Trial and Appellate Courts." In addition to both the Scalia/Garner books.




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