Legal writing – one of the skills law students begin to practice as soon as they start a law school – is a skill requiring continuous practice. Check out the Pace Law Library’s collection of resources offering legal composition and legal writing guidance. 2013 Peter Butt, Modern Legal Drafting: A Guide to Using Clearer Language (3d ed. […]
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From the ABA Journal we have this challenge. Two paragraphs are proposed. They include no punctuation. How would you punctuate them? Proper punctuation improves the clarity and flow of your writing. Try your skills. Later in the article the paragraphs are shown professionally edited. If you did not do well against the professional, think about how […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 + […]
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 […]
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 […]