Saturday, October 4, 2014
Bryan Garner's latest article in the ABA Journal is titled Ten Tips for Better Legal Writing. Some of his tips are especially appropriate for law students, who could appropriately paste "Don't rely exclusively on computer research" on the wall by their work space. That would serve as a reminder that unfocused computer searches are like a box of chocolates--you never know what you're going to get. Garner also advises legal writers to be neither too tentative nor too cocksure in their conclusions, both of which are hazards for beginning law students. And Garner's tenth tip would improve the professionalism of many a student paper: "Proofread one more time than you think necessary."