9781531007744 (paperback) 1531007740 (paperback) 9781531007751 (ebook)
"What evidence exists to support the advice that legal writing professors offer their students? For example, do legal readers really prefer short sentences and the active voice? Is outlining the best way to start a memo or brief? Can a certain font type make a brief more persuasive? Is deductive reasoning the most effective form of legal reasoning? Will a legal writer view the use of the word 'clearly'' with skepticism? Are judges annoyed by minor grammatical errors or typos? These questions and many more are addressed in [this book]. This text provides easy access to research in the form of social psychological experiments, statistical analyses, and surveys (some done by others and some done by the authors), which suggest that much of the advice given to legal writing students is backed by solid science."-- Back cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Why apply science to writing? Some caveats on science applied to writing Introduction to legal documents A word about legal research and outlining Deductive and inductive reasoning Which type of legal reasoning works best? Does format matter? Does correct grammar matter? Why is passive voice so hated? Readability and plain language Narrative Macro-organization of legal analysis Introductions, transitions, and conclusions Micro-organization of legal analysis What legal readers read and what they don't read Citation : does anybody really care? How do you persuade in legal writing? Do intensifiers really intensify? Is less more? Learning legal writing Are bad writers bad lawyers? The top ten takeaways from the science behind the art of legal writing.
K94 .C358 2019
Durham, North Carolina : Carolina Academic Press,