The Elements of Legal Style - Bryan A. Garner (Hardcover)

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Barcode
9780195141627
Department
Books
Released
21 Mar 2002
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Bryan A. Garner
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Oxford Univ Pr
Edition
2
Language
English
Number of Pages
268
Dimensions
216 x 146 x 25mm (431g)

Annotation

A new edition of the classic in legal writing covers the basics of the field with new examples that illuminate mechanics, word choice, structure, and rhetoric.

Summary

With expanded coverage in this new edition, The Elements of Legal Style features additional sections, many more examples, and a thoroughly researched appendix that contains 80 major statements on prose style--what it is and how to attain it.

Inspired by Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, this book clearly (often wittily) explains the full range of what legal writers need to know: mechanics, word choice, structure, and rhetoric, as well as all the special conventions that legal writers should follow in using headings, defined terms, quotations, and many other devices. Garner also provides abundant examples from the best legal writers of yesterday and today, including Oliver Wendell Holmes, Clarence Darrow, Frank Easterbrook, and Antonin Scalia.

If you want to make your writing clearer, more precise, more persuasive, and above all more stylish, The Elements of Legal Style offers the surest--and the most enjoyable--means to that end.

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General Subject
Language
BISAC Subject 1
Language Arts & Disciplines / Editing & Proofreading
BISAC Subject 2
Law / Legal Writing
BISAC Subject 3
Language Arts & Disciplines / Grammar & Punctuation
BISAC Subject 4
Law / Legal Writing
BISAC Subject 5
Language Arts & Disciplines / Editing & Proofreading
BIC Classification 1
Writing skills
BIC Classification 2
Legal skills & practice
BIC Classification 3
Systems of law
BIC Classification 4
Legal skills & practice
BIC Classification 5
Writing skills
Library Subject 1
Legal composition.
Library Subject 2
Law; United States; Language.
Library Subject 3
Law; United States; Methodology.
Academic Subject 1
Legal Writing
Dewey Classification
808/.06634

Author Bio

Bryan A. Garner is a best-selling legal author with more than a dozen titles to his credit, including A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, The Winning Brief, A Dictionary of Modern American Usage, and Legal Writing in Plain English. He is also the editor in chief of Black's Law Dictionary in all its current editions.

Review Quotes

"Publishers each year spew out writing books for law students by the dozen. Forget them. This is the best. We had not believed that this classic work could be substantially improved. The inimitable Mr. Garner has proven this belief wrong, and happily so."-ABA Appellate Practice Journal

"Garner has given to the legal profession [an] extraordinary book....Invaluable."--South Dakota Law Review

"Bryan Garner...is rapidly becoming--if he's not there already--America's foremost authority on language and the law."--Barrister

"An expanded and more relaxed edition of his 1991 sourcebook."--William Safire, New York Times Magazine