The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well (2nd Edition) by Tom Goldstein, Jethro K. Lieberman

By Tom Goldstein, Jethro K. Lieberman

This eminently useful quantity demystifies felony writing, outlines the factors and outcomes of undesirable writing, and prescribes basic, easy-to-apply treatments that may make your writing readable. entire with utilization notes that deal with lawyers' commonest blunders, this well-organized ebook is either a useful software for training attorneys and a wise grounding for legislations scholars. This much-revised moment variation includes a set of modifying routines (and a prompt revision key with motives) to check your ability. This publication is a definitive advisor to changing into a greater writer--and a greater legal professional.

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By Tom Goldstein, Jethro K. Lieberman

This eminently useful quantity demystifies felony writing, outlines the factors and outcomes of undesirable writing, and prescribes basic, easy-to-apply treatments that may make your writing readable. entire with utilization notes that deal with lawyers' commonest blunders, this well-organized ebook is either a useful software for training attorneys and a wise grounding for legislations scholars. This much-revised moment variation includes a set of modifying routines (and a prompt revision key with motives) to check your ability. This publication is a definitive advisor to changing into a greater writer--and a greater legal professional.

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When your draft is done, you have completed your problem solving. Now it remains to communicate that solution to your readers. The first draft is your solution to the problem; the final draft must be the reader’s. What may be clear to you may appear ambiguous to a reader who does not know how you think, how you arrived at what you wrote, and what you intended. Your words are the reader’s only window into your thinking. When you edit your work, you must put yourself in the reader’s place—you must come to your work without any preconceptions about its meaning.

Multiply,” he replies, still resisting the obvious. ” “Here,” he says, stabbing at a notebook. ” 37 38 THE PROCESS OF WRITING communication is possible, the writer must know what he wants to say. Just as most of us cannot solve a complicated math problem in our heads, so most of us need paper to solve the problems that are put to us as lawyers. Before communication, in other words, comes problem solving. How much anguish we would all have been spared had we known when we were young what we were supposed to do when we had to write.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Develop a theory; write it down. Research; take notes. Jot down a rough outline. Reassess your theory; explain it to yourself on paper. Set down a formal outline. Compose. Reorganize. Rewrite. Edit and edit again. Proofread. For the most complex assignments, we recommend that you proceed step by step. For less complex assignments, you may need to jumble the steps or even take two steps at once. Often, for both simple and complex assignments, you may need to repeat some steps several times.

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