Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Find and use the best models of legal writing

Students will ask occasionally about what else they can do to improve their legal writing in English. This is not an easy answer because many of my students, while non-native speakers of English, are at a high enough proficiency level that basic language mechanics are not the issue. What they really want is to sound more like native English-speaking lawyers.

My answer usually is to write, write, write and read, read, read. However, it's not always easy to find good models of legal writing to write like or to read and learn from.

This article by Bruce Garner gives some concrete sources of where to find good legal writing models and how to use them as a student and into practice.

Find and use the best models of legal writing

If the link doesn't work because you need a particular journal subscription, here's the MLA citation:

Garner, Bryan A. "Find and use the best models of legal writing." Student Lawyer Mar. 2008: 14+. LegalTrac. Web. 22 Jan. 2013.

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