Largest acceptable font for a paper?

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Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby bceagles182 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:42 am

Opinions?

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby bceagles182 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:45 am

Also don't give me Lucida Sans -- looks like shit.

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby Pokemon » Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:45 am

If your professor was vague about it, why do you not teach him a lesson by using the largest font?
If you want a serious answer, then 12 is the largest acceptable font.

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby bceagles182 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:48 am

Pokemon wrote:If your professor was vague about it, why do you not teach him a lesson by using the largest font?
If you want a serious answer, then 12 is the largest acceptable font.



I'm in size 12, but what font?

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby Tom Joad » Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:50 am

Times New Roman size 10.

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby bceagles182 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:52 am

Tom Joad wrote:Times New Roman size 10.


:x

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby de5igual » Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:40 am

Century Schoolbook size 12—largest you can go without looking ridiculous

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby dr123 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:41 am

Arial is pretty big and also normal looking.

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby bceagles182 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:50 am

f0bolous wrote:Century Schoolbook size 12—largest you can go without looking ridiculous



Holy shit, you are my hero. That just converted my 26 page paper into 29 pages. One.... more.... page.

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby kalvano » Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:04 am

Palantino Linotype might get you the extra page and won't look weird.

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Postby Myself » Fri Apr 26, 2013 5:46 am

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby reasonable_man » Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:37 am

Look at the font you're currently using. If you have to ask "is the font too big" its too big. I had a buddy call once - right after I was admitted to practice - to ask what the age of consent was in a certain state... I offered: "if you have to even question it - she is too young." Now clearly your intent here is far less morally questionable (but generally) if you have to ask on stuff like this - you're going in the wrong direction.

That said - Century Schoolbook is a bigger than Times and looks pretty good on the page. Garmond aint too shabby either.

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby Total Litigator » Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:15 am

My understanding is that if you are worried about how to make a legal paper long enough instead of worrying about how to cut it down, you're doing it wrong...

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby reasonable_man » Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:20 am

Total Litigator wrote:My understanding is that if you are worried about how to make a legal paper long enough instead of worrying about how to cut it down, you're doing it wrong...


True.

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby Headybrah » Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:33 am

font - advanced - character spacing --> expanded by 0.5

Almost undetectable but can add a lot

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Postby rad lulz » Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:29 pm

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Postby 062914123 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:36 pm

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby reasonable_man » Wed May 01, 2013 9:25 pm

rad lulz wrote:
reasonable_man wrote:Look at the font you're currently using. If you have to ask "is the font too big" its too big. I had a buddy call once - right after I was admitted to practice - to ask what the age of consent was in a certain state... I offered: "if you have to even question it - she is too young." Now clearly your intent here is far less morally questionable (but generally) if you have to ask on stuff like this - you're going in the wrong direction.

That said - Century Schoolbook is a bigger than Times and looks pretty good on the page. Garmond aint too shabby either.

Dood you should have charged him a couple hundy to compose a memorandum.



I'll write this one off as a "free consultation" - next time RM gots to get paiddd.

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby mephistopheles » Wed May 01, 2013 9:41 pm

cambria?

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby bdm261 » Thu May 02, 2013 11:51 am

12
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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby Tom Joad » Thu May 02, 2013 1:23 pm

bdm261 wrote:Times New Roman, Size 12


Then do a "find all/change all" search for periods, maybe even commas and other punctuation and increase them to size 14. Will add another page or so depending on overall page length of your paper.

You can not tell the difference unless the paper is submitted electronically or carefully compared with other papers. I had a "friend" do this during undergrad.

Cheater.

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby rockthered86 » Fri May 03, 2013 12:18 pm

Can I go wrong with Courier New size 12? Also, footnotes same sized font or smaller?

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby jkay » Fri May 03, 2013 12:41 pm

Courier? Hell no.

Thou shall not use a monospaced font.

The first commandment of legal typography. Any Court of Appeals that may do so is TTT. I realize this thread is not about typography, but everyone should read this: http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/rules/type.pdf

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby Lacepiece23 » Fri May 03, 2013 2:59 pm

Change the size of your periods and commas from 12 to 14. Works like a charm.

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Re: Largest acceptable font for a paper?

Postby portaprokoss » Fri May 03, 2013 3:42 pm

Good News.

In the Red Book of Legal Style, Bryan Garner Recommends 13pt. Times New Roman Font. I think he recommends using 1.1 margin on top and sides and 1.2 margin on the bottom, so check that.

If you use a larger font or wider margins, always give your professor a hard copy printed single-sided. It looks bigger that way.




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