The science behind the art of legal writing /

"What evidence exists to support the advice that legal writing professors offer their students? For example, do legal readers really prefer short sentences and the active voice? Is outlining the best way to start a memo or brief? Can a certain font type make a brief more persuasive? Is deductiv...

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Main Authors: Cameron, Catherine J. (Author), Long, Lance N. (Author)
Format: Book
Published: Durham, North Carolina : Carolina Academic Press, 2019
Edition:Second edition
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Table of Contents:
  • Why apply science to writing?
  • Some caveats on science applied to writing
  • Introduction to legal documents
  • A word about legal research and outlining
  • Deductive and inductive reasoning
  • Which type of legal reasoning works best?
  • Does format matter?
  • Does correct grammar matter?
  • Why is passive voice so hated?
  • Readability and plain language
  • Narrative
  • Macro-organization of legal analysis
  • Introductions, transitions, and conclusions
  • Micro-organization of legal analysis
  • What legal readers read and what they don't read
  • Citation : does anybody really care?
  • How do you persuade in legal writing?
  • Do intensifiers really intensify?
  • Is less more?
  • Learning legal writing
  • Are bad writers bad lawyers?
  • The top ten takeaways from The science behind the art of legal writing