Monday, June 20, 2011

Core Grammar for Lawyers

Cgl_logo If you know a lawyer or law student who struggles with grammar and other basic mechanics of legal writing, a helpful, new, online resource for them is Core Grammar for Lawyers.  It starts with a diagnostic test (which my students, teaching assistants and writing professors beta-tested last fall).  Some of what's tested is just standard American usage, making it easy to identify gaps in knowing how to use the basics of grammar, punctuation, etc.  Some of what's tested is unique usage for American lawyers, so don't expect new 1Ls to get more than about half the test correct.  Once they know where to focus, test takers can do the exercises and access the answers and explanations, as well as additional practice exercises. I'm thinking of having our whole 1L class use it this fall.  (And no, I don't get a penny from the publishers.)


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