Friday, November 19, 2010

Typography for Lawyers

Tfl-book-cover Matthew Butterick has written a new book, Typography for Lawyers.  If you are a lawyer who writes anything that ends up as typed text, you need to read this book.  If you are a legal writing professor who teaches law students or paralegal students, you need to read this book.  You will learn a lot--unless, like Butterick, you happen to have previously studied typography and worked as a professional typographer before going to law school. 

The book is also beautiful, an aesthetically pleasing experience as you read.  How many law practice related books can you say that about?  Butterick practices what he preaches, so beyond the numerous helpful examples, studying the presentation of the book itself provides further instruction.

And even if you don't care a whit about typography (although the book explains why you should), the discussion on pages 22 to 24 about readers' attention is worth sharing with every legal writing student and junior attorney.  

(spl)

UPDATE:  For writing this book, Matthew Butterick received the Golden Pen Award in 2012 from the Legal Writing Institute.

(mew)

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My husband has been a Lawyer for over 22 years at the job he has now. He was told that his writing is verbose, disorganized, and needs exsessive editing. What can he do to learn more? Does this book offer guidelines and instruction for improved writing. Are there any classes in the Chicagoland area that offer classes in this regard? Who can help him-without working on his actual caseload-everything is confidential where he works. I just need a few resources for him. Anybody know anyone who teaches a course on legal writing? He needs direction. Thanks

Posted by: Karen Schultz | Jul 19, 2012 8:28:26 AM

Hi Karen. Contact me at The John Marshall Law School -- I can help. Mark Wojcik

Posted by: mew | Jul 26, 2012 1:32:48 AM

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