The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well by Tom GoldsteinThe Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well by Tom Goldstein

The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well

byTom Goldstein, Jethro K. Lieberman

Paperback | January 8, 2016

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In this critically acclaimed book, Tom Goldstein and Jethro K. Lieberman demystify legal writing, outline the causes and consequences of poor writing, and prescribe easy-to-apply remedies to improve it. Reflecting changes in law practice over the past decade, this revised edition includes new sections around communicating digitally, getting to the point, and writing persuasively. It also provides an editing checklist, editing exercises with a suggested revision key, usage notes that address common errors, and reference works to further aid your writing. This straightforward guide is an invaluable tool for practicing lawyers and law students.

Tom Goldstein is Professor of Journalism and Director of the Media Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley.Jethro K. Lieberman is Martin Professor of Law Emeritus at New York Law School, where he was the director of its writing program for nearly a quarter century. He is the author or editor of more than twenty-five b...
Title:The Lawyer's Guide to Writing WellFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:January 8, 2016Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520288432

ISBN - 13:9780520288430

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Table of Contents


PART I: Why Lawyers Write Poorly
1. Does Bad Writing Really Matter?
2. Don’t Make It Like It Was

PART II: The Practice Of Writing
3. Ten Steps to Writing It Down
4. Of Dawdlers and Scrawlers, Pacers and Plungers: Getting Started and Overcoming Blocks
5. The Technology of Getting It Down: From Quill Pens to Computers
6. Lawyers as Publishers: Words Are Your Product

PART III: Getting To The Point
7. Writing Persuasively for Your Audience: Tell Your Audience the Point
8. Writing the Lead

PART IV: Revising For Clarity And Luster
9. Form, Structure, and Organization
10. Wrong Words, Long Sentences, and Other Mister Meaners
11. Revising Your Prose
12. Making Your Writing Memorable

Usage Notes
An Editing Checklist
Editing Exercises
Suggested Revisions to Editing Exercises
Reference Works
About The Authors