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These journals focus specifically on the techniques of legal writing or provide good examples of it. They will be most useful to those who are interested in reading about legal writing from an educational standpoint. Some journals are available in print and electronically; others are available in only one format. Those that are available electronically through the Law Library's subscription to HeinOnline require a valid Loyola user ID and password for access.
To find citations to relevant articles published in law journals with a broader focus, search by keyword or subject using LegalTrac (which also requires a valid Loyola user ID and password). You can then find the full text in HeinOnline or in print. Our print law journals are located on the 4th floor of the Library.
Legal Writing Journals - Electronic and Print Access
Green Bag Almanac of Useful and Entertaining Tidbits for Lawyers ...
In additional to its quarterly volumes of short law-related articles, The Green Bag (which bills itself as "an entertaining journal of law") publishes a yearly almanac devoted to exemplary examples of legal writing.
Available in print at K 184 .G743 and in Lexis (GRNBAG)
Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (Legal Communication and Rhetoric)
Published by the same group which produces the ALWD citation manual, this journal contains scholarly articles that focus on improving all types of legal writing and bridging the gap between academic and practical legal writing.
Also available in print at K 10 .O88902 and in Lexis (JLALWD) and Westlaw (JALWD)
Legal Writing: the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute
This journal publishes scholarly research by academics and others who focus on theories of legal writing and techniques for teaching and improving it.
Also available in print at K 12 .E37 and in Lexis (LWI) and Westlaw (LEGWRIT)
Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing
This newsletter, published for legal writing instructors and librarians to help them improve the teaching of legal writing, has a practical focus. Trends, particularly those of the electronic variety, receive good coverage.
Available in Westlaw (PERSPEC)
Scribes Journal of Legal Writing
As described on its home page, Scribes (The American Society of Legal Writers) aims to "spread the growing scorn for legal writing that is archaic, turgid, obscure and needlessly dull." Recent articles in its journal include "E-Mail Like a Lawyer" and "Hunting Down Nouners."
Also available in print at K 23 .C66 and in Lexis (SJLGW) and Westlaw (SCRIBES)