1L Summer Reading? Looking for a Legal Writing Rec

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1L Summer Reading? Looking for a Legal Writing Rec

Postby veragood » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:26 pm

Anyone have a good recommendation for a book on legal writing?

I'm doing a ton of it thus far and would like to continue my education through more instructive ways than trial-and-error.


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Re: 1L Summer Reading? Looking for a Legal Writing Rec

Postby $peppercorn » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:53 pm

It may be a little more general then strictly legal writing, but I recommend "Making Your Case". It's written by Scalia and Garner

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Re: 1L Summer Reading? Looking for a Legal Writing Rec

Postby veragood » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:59 pm

Thanks guys

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Re: 1L Summer Reading? Looking for a Legal Writing Rec

Postby Breezin » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:34 pm

write like you talk.


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Re: 1L Summer Reading? Looking for a Legal Writing Rec

Postby veragood » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:32 pm

Breezin wrote:write like you talk.


But I talk, like, with these annoying habits, like, you know.

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Re: 1L Summer Reading? Looking for a Legal Writing Rec

Postby paulinaporizkova » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:46 pm

veragood wrote:
Breezin wrote:write like you talk.


But I talk, like, with these annoying habits, like, you know.


Seems like not including "like" and "you know" in your legal writing pieces falls under the realm of common sense

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Re: 1L Summer Reading? Looking for a Legal Writing Rec

Postby TheFactor » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:10 pm

Elements of Style.


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Re: 1L Summer Reading? Looking for a Legal Writing Rec

Postby x7227 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:45 pm

morris248 wrote:Better yet take the summer off.


But if you must: http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Lawyers-Practical-Guide-Quoting/dp/1604428368

Seriously though, you're not gonna magically learn how to write by reading about it. You're gonna learn by doing it, failing a bunch of times, re-doing it, failing again, and finally doing it correctly (hopefully).

Your LRW prof is gonna have his/her own style, its best to quickly adapt to what they want (just like any boss) not what some book tells you. You can't fight city hall on this one. If they like CRExAC, you best make sure you're all over that. If they like a certain flow with linking paragraphs, roadmaps everywhere, and explanatory parentheticals for every case (but heaven forbid you put in a footnote), you don't listen to what the book says (even if they assigned it). You. Do. What. They. Like. Just like you would do for your boss when you get that biglaw job. Just like you would do for the Judge you're always in front of. You do what they like.

If you'd like to self publish this post as a novella, that can serve as your summer reading.




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