Tuesday, July 17, 2007

a hand-out on hobgoblins

Fischer Judy Fischer at the University of Louisville has written a bar journal article that would make a helpful handout for 1L legal writing students, perhaps sometime toward the end of the first semester: Dismiss Those Sixth-Grade Hobgoblins, 69 Kentucky Bench & Bar (May 2007).  As Judy says in her abstract:

"Legal writers may have internalized false rules about writing. For example, they may believe the myths that a sentence cannot begin with a conjunction, that it is incorrect to split a compound verb or an infinitive, that a word should not be repeated in the same sentence or paragraph, and that one-sentence paragraphs are always incorrect. Writers should dismiss these hobgoblins when they are obstacles to writing clear, idiomatic English."



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And be sure to take a look at Judy's excellent article on George Orwell's relevance to legal writing - an article I plan to assign to my students next year.

Sarah Ricks

Posted by: sarah ricks | Jul 17, 2007 6:31:42 PM

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