Monday, March 17, 2008
In observance of St. Patrick's Day, let's visit the National University of Ireland, Galway, whose website features an interesting legal writing style sheet. Intended for writers of essays on legal topics, the style sheet discusses topics such as structure, citation, footnoting, bibliography, and plagiarism. Note this reference to one well-known American writer's text:
Every lawyer and law student should have Garner's A dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (New York & Oxford): Oxford U.P., 1987). This 587-page book costs only #11.00 or so, and is a truly excellent piece of work. It is arranged in alphabetical order, giving the etymological and legal meaning of words, and the correct use of words and phrases. It is a legal encyclopaedia and a writing handbook in one and is almost worth buying for its entry under 'Law Reviews' which is a scathing attack on some of the writing in American law journals.