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The Elements of Legal Style

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With expanded coverage in this new edition, The Elements of Legal Style features additional sections, many more examples, and a thoroughly researched appendix that contains 80 major statements on prose style—what it is and how to attain it. Inspired by Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, this book clearly (often wittily) explains the full range of what legal writers need to know: mechanics, word choice, structure, and rhetoric, as well as all the special conventions that legal writers should follow in using headings, defined terms, quotations, and many other devices. Garner also provides abundant examples from the best legal writers of yesterday and today, including Oliver Wendell Holmes, Clarence Darrow, Frank Easterbrook, and Antonin Scalia. If you want to make your writing clearer, more precise, more persuasive, and above all more stylish, The Elements of Legal Style offers the surest—and the most enjoyable—means to that end.
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Focusing on the argumentative, narrative, and descriptive style found in legal briefs and judicial opinions, The Elements of Legal Style (second edition) will be a thought provoking examination of effective argumentation in law.
Bryan A. Garner, a noted lawyer and lexicographer, has written extensively on the English language and the language of law. His earlier books include A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, The Elements of Legal Style, and The Winning Brief. He is Editor-in-Chief of Black's Law Dictionary and President
of LawProse, Inc., a Dallas-based company that provides continuing-legal-education seminars to lawyers nationwide.
"Publishers each year spew out writing books for law students by the dozen. Forget them. This is the best. We had not believed that this classic work could be substantially improved. The inimitable Mr. Garner has proven this belief wrong, and happily so."-ABA Appellate Practice Journal"Garner has given to the legal profession [an] extraordinary book....Invaluable."--South Dakota Law Review"Bryan Garner...is rapidly becoming--if he's not there already--America's foremost authority on language and the law."--Barrister"An expanded and more relaxed edition of his 1991 sourcebook."--William Safire, New York Times Magazine
With expanded coverage in this new edition, The Elements of Legal Style features additional sections, many more examples, and a thoroughly researched appendix that contains 80 major statements on prose style--what it is and how to attain it.Inspired by Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, this book clearly (often wittily) explains the full range of what legal writers need to know: mechanics, word choice, structure, and
rhetoric, as well as all the special conventions that legal writers should follow in using headings, defined terms, quotations, and many other devices. Garner also provides abundant examples from the best legal writers of yesterday and today, including Oliver Wendell Holmes, Clarence Darrow, Frank Easterbrook, and
Antonin Scalia.If you want to make your writing clearer, more precise, more persuasive, and above all more stylish, The Elements of Legal Style offers the surest--and the most enjoyable--means to that end.
"Publishers each year spew out writing books for law students by the dozen. Forget them. This is the best. We had not believed that this classic work could be substantially improved. The inimitable Mr. Garner has proven this belief wrong, and happily so."-ABA Appellate Practice Journal
"Garner has given to the legal profession [an] extraordinary book....Invaluable."--South Dakota Law Review
"Bryan Garner...is rapidly becoming--if he's not there already--America's foremost authority on language and the law."--Barrister
"An expanded and more relaxed edition of his 1991 sourcebook."--William Safire, New York Times Magazine
"Publishers each year spew out writing books for law students by the dozen. Forget them. This is the best. We had not believed that this classic work could be substantially improved. The inimitable Mr. Garner has proven this belief wrong, and happily so."-ABA Appellate Practice Journal
"Provides expanded coverage of appropriate legal prose and common errors in legal language....This book speaks not only to lawyers but to other writers as well, urging them to use style to develop persuasion, description, or analysis. Highly Recommended."--Library Journal
"Belongs on every lawyer's shelf of essential writing aids."--New York Law Journal "Well worth the price."--Appellate Practice Journal "A vital resource for anyone who wants to write clear and powerful legal prose."--Detroit Legal News "A hard-hitting book....Garner offers such articulate and well-reasoned advise that I feel guilty for all the lawyer jokes I've told over the years."--Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
"If lawyers all followed the advice that Garner gives here, the rest of us would probably be able to understand legal documents written on our behalf. Besides being a good all-purpose primer on style and usage (it recalls but is much more comprehensive than Strunk and White's Elements of Style), this book discusses legalisms from absolve to withal."--Copy Editor
"An excellent reference manual."--Bimonthly Review of Law Books
Praise for the first edition:
"Garner has given to the legal profession [an] extraordinary book....Invaluable."--South Dakota Law Review
"Bryan Garner...is rapidly becoming--if he's not there already--America's foremost authority on language and the law."--Barrister
A new edition of a legal classic from America's foremost authority on language and the law
Selling point: A new and expanded edition of Garner's The Elements of Legal Style.
Selling point: Inspired by Strunk and White's The Elements of Style.
Short Title
ELEMENTS OF LEGAL STYLE 2/E
Pages
288
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Series
Elements of Legal Style
Language
English
Edition
2nd
ISBN-10
0195141628
ISBN-13
9780195141627
Media
Book
Format
Hardcover
DEWEY
808.066
Year
2002
Publication Date
2002-02-28
Country of Publication
United States
Replaces
9780195058604
Imprint
Oxford University Press Inc
Place of Publication
New York
Audience
Professional and Scholarly
Author
Bryan A. Ed. Garner
Residence
Dallas, TX, US
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