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Introduction to Writing for Practice
There are a myriad of practice-related writing texts.This page is divided into three sections:
- general texts on legal writing
- writing for litigation, and
- transactional drafting
Writing for Law Practice
There are any number of books devoted to translating law school legal writing skills into the actual practice of law, these are but a few. Each has a little different spin. These books are listed in alphabetical order.
The Lawyer's Essential Guide to Writing by
Call Number: KF 250 .B83 Law Permanent Reserve
Publication Date: 2012-04-16
This book provides a systematic approach to all forms of written communication, from memoranda and briefs to e-mail and blogs. The book sets forth three principles for powerful writing and shows how to apply those principles to develop a clean and confident style.
Putting Skills into Practice: Legal Problem Solving and Writing for New Lawyers by
Call Number: KF 250 .B375 Law Main Stacks
Publication Date: 2014-05-23
New lawyers often struggle to complete the projects they are assigned, often because they do not understand how to apply the skills and knowledge they acquired in law school. This step-by-step guide leads advanced legal writing students and new associates through the process of completing typical assignments. It begins with the essential legal process question of determining the law that applies to the issue at hand and then guides readers through sophisticated questions of how to handle unclear analysis in different types of legal documents.
Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer's Guide to Effective Writing and Editing (Fourth Edition)
This online Practising Law Institute treatise provides practical advice to help lawyers strengthen their writing skills by “thinking like a writer” as effectively as they already think like a lawyer. The book highlights guiding principles for writing clearly about complicated material and establishing credibility with demanding readers, and then turns those principles into specific techniques that apply to many types of documents and audiences. This treatise is available to current members of the Loyola Law School community through the Law Library's subscription to PLI Plus.
Writing to win : the Legal Writer : [the complete guide to writing strategies that will make your case-- and win it] by
Call Number: KF 250 .S8 Law Permanent Reserve
Publication Date: 2012-04-24
Forceful writing is one of the most potent weapons of legal advocacy. The author, a former lecturer on law at Harvard Law School applies the universal principles of powerful, vigorous prose to the job of making a legal case--and winning it. The book focuses on the writing of lawyers, not judges, and includes dozens of examples of effective (and ineffective) real-life legal writing--as well as compelling models drawn from advertising, journalism, and fiction.
Writing for Litigation
These books are listed in alphabetical order.