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August 20, 2004

Better Legal Writing (and more!)

Something some law students don't fully appreciate until it is too late is that lawyers are writers. If you practice law (and even if you just go to law school), you will write. A lot. So why not do it well?

In pursuit of better writing, make haste to Six Posts About Better Writing at the Illinois Trial Practice Weblog (ITPW), covering everything from learning to spot muddled writing to practical tips for eliminating it in your own work and suggestions for further reading. For the further reading, a good start is the Legal Writing category at the ITPW, which contains more practical writing advice as well as links to other great legal writing resources.

All of this writing assistance is generously offered by Evan Schaeffer of Notes From the (Legal) Underground, where you can also read a guest post from Dennis Kennedy covering Six Great Ways to Unmuddle Your Writing.

Finally, Notes From the (Legal) Underground also features its own advice category that's packed with tips for young lawyers, firm partners, firm staff, families of lawyers, and more. In short, Schaeffer is a veritable font of knowledge, and I, for one, thank him for his generous efforts.

Posted by mowabb at August 20, 2004 07:53 AM

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Thanks for the kind words! I should add, however, that the "advice" offered on Notes from the (Legal) Underground is not usually meant to be taken seriously. Rather than imparting wisdom, those posts are meant to entertain.

Any wisdom-imparting I'm able to accomplish is done on my Illinois Trial Practice Weblog, at least on my better days.

Posted by: Evan at August 20, 2004 08:58 AM

"On Writing Well," by William Zinsser, is an excellent resource.

Posted by: G at August 20, 2004 09:11 AM