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Check this article from the ABA Journal “Ten Tips for Better Legal Writing” to help you produce better legal papers through research, understanding, and proofreading.

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Reluctantly admitting, the summer is coming to an end and the fall semester is approaching fast. Pace Law School community is preparing to welcome its Fall 2014 incoming class next week and looks forward to another successful year working with new and returning students. Law School is a new and exciting experience and the Law Library […]

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To follow up on our earlier post, titled Legal Writing: How Many Spaces After a Period?, Daily Writing Tips blog outlines the historical perspective of this question in its newest blog post, One or Two Spaces After a Period?, written by Maeve Maddox. The author looks at the history of writing in an attempt to […]

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To follow up on our 2012 post Thoughtful Use of Parentheticals, here is more. Raymond Ward, writer of the (new) legal writer blog in his recent post For Lovers of Parentheticals, Two Articles, brings attention to the persuasive power of parentheticals when used effectively. He mentions two scholarly articles detailing the  use of explanatory parentheses in […]

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Writing – one of THE skills of an attorney – can always use improvement. Law students (well and others probably too) often hear: work on your writing … write clearly … write succinctly … write in plain language … avoid wordiness … Law libraries’ collections include many titles aimed to assist law students and lawyers […]

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Via the (new) legal writer and Lawyerist blogs, here is a fantastic piece on the history, use, and common misuses of the em dash by Matthew Salzwedel titled The Enigmatic Em Dash. Mr. Salzwedel writes that for those who have Mac with Word, you can insert an em dash by simultaneously pressing the Option + […]

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Punctuation – the commas, periods, apostrophes, hyphens, columns and semi-columns are all often the source of a headache. The topic of punctuation is certain to be part of the 1L writing instruction. It is not only the writing instructors emphasizing the need to pay attention to detail and use punctuation correctly, but it is also the […]

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Via the (new) legal writer blog post titled Cite Right, take a look at an article in the New York Law Journal, The Fine Art of (Persuasively) Citing Cases written by Harry Steinberg.  The article shows that citation matters; and it matters a lot. Mr. Steinberg focuses on New York practice and uses examples of […]

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Attention all law students! Looking to distinguish yourself as you enter the internship and/or job market? One of the best and easiest ways to get yourself noticed by prospective supervisors and employers is to get an article published while you are still in law school. The benefits of getting published are many as a well […]

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Via the (new) legal writer blog, the following is a an interesting post about how many spaces should follow a period. Jay Shepard’s article Small Firms, Big Lawyers: A Period Piece addresses and answers the question of whether a period should be followed by one or two spaces, but particularly, he highlights the importance of […]

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