Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A list of book recommendations for attorneys interested in improving their writing

A few weeks ago, the law librarian listserv conducted an informal survey of book recommendations for attorneys, not students, who are interested in improving their writing.

Here's the list, in no particular order, sent to me by the Law Librarian Blog head-honcho, Joe Hodnicki:

  • Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Writing and Editing, by Stephen V. Armstrong and Timothy P. Terrell.
  • The Winning Brief: 100 Tips for Persuasive Briefing in Trial and Appellate Court, by Bryan Garner.
  • Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace, by Joseph M. Williams (not specifically legal related) (Note: 9th ed. is now available with different title: Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace, by same author). 
  • Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text with Exercises, by Bryan Garner
  • Legal Writing: Getting it Right and Getting it Written, by Mary Barnard Ray and Jill J. Ramsfield
  • Anything by Bryan Garner.

Please add your own favorites in the comment section below and if we get enough responses, we'll publish them in a separate post.

 

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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