The 20th edition of the Bluebook was recently released. The numbering of the rules in the Bluepages (non-academic citation) now parallels the numbering in the Whitepages (academic citation). Typeface rules were relaxed to permit use of large and small caps in court documents for stylistic purposes. Rule 14 includes more examples of citations for a […]
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The Writing Center at George Washington Law School has posted information on the over 150 legal writing competitions around the country. The competitions cover a wide range of legal topics, and information on eligibility is included. Learn more about Legal Writing Competitions (updated February 23, 2015).
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. […]
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 + […]