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Legal Writing in Plain English, Second Edition: A Text with Exercises par [Garner, Bryan A.]
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Admirably clear, concise, down-to-earth, and powerful—all too often, legal writing embodies none of these qualities. Its reputation for obscurity and needless legalese is widespread. Since 2001 Bryan A. Garner’s Legal Writing in Plain English has helped address this problem by providing lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and legal scholars with sound advice and practical tools for improving their written work. Now the leading guide to clear writing in the field, this indispensable volume encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process that will appeal to other professionals: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills.



Accessible and witty, Legal Writing in Plain English draws on real-life writing samples that Garner has gathered through decades of teaching experience. Trenchant advice covers all types of legal materials, from analytical and persuasive writing to legal drafting, and the book’s principles are reinforced by sets of basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises in each section.



 In this new edition, Garner preserves the successful structure of the original while adjusting the content to make it even more classroom-friendly. He includes case examples from the past decade and addresses the widespread use of legal documents in electronic formats. His book remains the standard guide for producing the jargon-free language that clients demand and courts reward.


Biographie de l'auteur

Bryan A. Garner is president of LawProse, Inc., and the Distinguished Research Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University. The editor-in-chief of Black’s Law Dictionary, Garner is the author of several best-selling books, including Garner’s Modern American Usage and, with Justice Antonin Scalia, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts and Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 286 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0226283933
  • Editeur : University of Chicago Press; Édition : 2 (26 août 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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15 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent 2 avril 2014
Par L Parker - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
If you've read Garner's stuff, you'll notice some overlap. This book restated "The Winning Brief" multiple times, and it has most of the same examples (Demand Letters, Memos, etc.) as "The Redbook 2d" (I don't have the 3d of that one).

That's the disclaimer. But I still loved the book. It's largely written as a how-to, gives you tips to improve your legal writing, and is a resource that I'll continue to reference throughout my career.

If you'd like a quick read (with accompanying exercises to test your skill) this is a great book to have. Then, when you become more interested, you can nab the Redbook, Legal Usage dictionaries, etc. In sum, it's a great place to start.

One objection, though: Garner's answers in the back often deal with only the Easy exercise, not all three (Easy, Intermediate, Hard). I realize that giving answers to all three would lengthen the book, but the easy one is exactly that--easy. I'd like to see his Heller brief, or any of the harder ones just to compare. But that's only a minor annoyance. Otherwise, it's a real asset if you're interested in improving your legal writing. And you should be.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Who knew? 20 juillet 2014
Par Ross - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book was purchased for a tax research class. It absolutely delivers on its title, more than I even could have imagined. I was immediately impressed by the author's matter-of-fact yet engaging style, and the content is quite useful for non-legal professionals too. If you ever write persuasive letters, articles or blog posts, there are many practical tips in this book. It is an entertaining and thought provoking read. After most sections, I was left scratching my head with a puzzled look on my face. Not questioning the author's ideas, I was instead left wondering why they were not more mainstream, legal and otherwise. I really hope many more people, even those who only occasionally write, read this book!
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Let's be clear about what this is 11 juin 2016
Par Denise Greene - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
If you're looking for a text to substitute for a Pre-Law English course, this might be its best application. If you're a professor or English instructor looking for a great text to teach Pre-Law English, it's worth a look. It could also be good for someone already in the law field who has been writing "Legalese" and needs to learn a better way. This book can teach how to distill the core of a matter and how to change unclear thought into something coherent and succinct.

Amazon's rating system is, unfortunately, about how well I liked it, not how useful it might be to others. To be fair (which is why I gave it a 3 instead of a 2), I have an MA in English Rhetoric and have spent my life in the writing/publishing world, so it does not fit my needs. I'm new to the field of law and hoped it would teach me the required elements of various briefs/documents. Out of a 240 page book, about 50 pages is devoted to what I sought (Appendix B - Four Model Documents on drafting an Appellate Brief, Motion, Contract, and a Research Memo). Appendix A is "How to Punctuate" which, ostensibly, if you're over 30, you learned in school somewhere along the line.

The remainder of a book is simply an advanced writing course with examples drawn from legal documents. A typical example would be that you are given a convoluted sentence which you then have to break into smaller, more succinct and understandable sentences. The advanced form of that same exercise is a convoluted paragraph in which you have to figure out what is being said and rewrite it to make it more clear and coherent. Other exercises involve interviewing lawyers and judges to find out their preferences in what they like to read as far as legal documents are concerned. The book also assumes you have access to a law library and lots of time to research. One example is: "Find a judicial opinion that takes several paragraphs before getting to the point."

Be more diligent than I was -- take a look at the Table of Contents from the "Look Inside" link, and even download a sample of it to your Kindle before purchasing. Apparently I simply looked at the reviews.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Meh. 24 mai 2016
Par Product Reviewer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
As I read this book, I was unable to shake the feeling that it was written by someone who had a lot more experience writing legal opinions and briefs than drafting contracts. When I looked up the author, I was not surprised to discover that he clerked for a year after law school, practiced as a litigation associate for a few years, returned to teach at the University of Texas Law School (where he received his J.D.), and then founded a company that teaches lawyers and judges how to write more clearly. It is aggravating when people like Garner (who practiced law for less than half a decade) write books posing as an authority in areas where they have little to no experience (e.g., contract drafting). Garner should have left the transactional topics out of this book because it makes it harder to take the rest of the book seriously.
5 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Absolutely Fantastic 21 juillet 2014
Par Ethan Retan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I don't think I've ever written an Amazon review before, but this book is simply too good not to contribute to the meager seven reviews it has received.

In this book, Garner has amassed simple and straightforward way to improve legal in a humorous and easy-to-read book. Hardly any of the brief suggestions weren't helpful and his writing is so good that I would actually find myself continuing to digest them long after I intended to stop.

The fact this isn't a foundational text for every 1L entering law school is criminal.
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