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Legal Writing 201

Legal Writing 201

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Introduction to Legal WritingIntroduction to Legal WritingIntroduction to Legal WritingIntroduction to Legal Writing ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 4444Rule 1. Know Your AudienceRule 1. Know Your AudienceRule 1. Know Your AudienceRule 1. Know Your Audience ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 7777Rule 2. FrontRule 2. FrontRule 2. FrontRule 2. Front----Load your DocumeLoad your DocumeLoad your DocumeLoad your DocumentntntntContext Before DetailContext Before DetailContext Before DetailContext Before Detail .................................................... 8888Rule 3. Frame the Issue in Fewer than 75 WordsRule 3. Frame the Issue in Fewer than 75 WordsRule 3. Frame the Issue in Fewer than 75 WordsRule 3. Frame the Issue in Fewer than 75 Words ................................................................................................................ 9999Rule 4. State the Facts SuccinctlyRule 4. State the Facts SuccinctlyRule 4. State the Facts SuccinctlyRule 4. State the Facts Succinctly ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 10101010Rule 5. Avoid OverchroniclingRule 5. Avoid OverchroniclingRule 5. Avoid OverchroniclingRule 5. Avoid Overchronicling—Most Dates are UnimportantMost Dates are UnimportantMost Dates are UnimportantMost Dates are Unimportant................................ 10101010Rule 6. Headings are SignpostsRule 6. Headings are SignpostsRule 6. Headings are SignpostsRule 6. Headings are Signposts—They Should InformThey Should InformThey Should InformThey Should Inform ............................................................................ 11111111Rule 7. Write Short ParagraphsRule 7. Write Short ParagraphsRule 7. Write Short ParagraphsRule 7. Write Short Paragraphs.................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 11111111Rule 8. Form is ImportantRule 8. Form is ImportantRule 8. Form is ImportantRule 8. Form is Important—Make it Look GoodMake it Look GoodMake it Look GoodMake it Look Good .................................................................................................................... 12121212Rule 9Rule 9Rule 9Rule 9. Check your Document Carefully. Check your Document Carefully. Check your Document Carefully. Check your Document Carefully................................................................................................................................................................ 12121212Rule 10. Keep it ShortRule 10. Keep it ShortRule 10. Keep it ShortRule 10. Keep it Short—the Page Limit is Your Friendthe Page Limit is Your Friendthe Page Limit is Your Friendthe Page Limit is Your Friend ........................................................................ 13131313Rule 11. Use No Talking FootnotesRule 11. Use No Talking FootnotesRule 11. Use No Talking FootnotesRule 11. Use No Talking Footnotes............................................................................................................................................................................................ 13131313Rule 12. Citations go in FootnotesRule 12. Citations go in FootnotesRule 12. Citations go in FootnotesRule 12. Citations go in Footnotes................................................................................................................................................................................................ 14141414Rule 13. Use the Ohio form of CitationRule 13. Use the Ohio form of CitationRule 13. Use the Ohio form of CitationRule 13. Use the Ohio form of Citation........................................................................................................................................................................ 14141414Rule 14. Edit, Edit, EditRule 14. Edit, Edit, EditRule 14. Edit, Edit, EditRule 14. Edit, Edit, Edit .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 15151515Rule 15. Write Short SentencesRule 15. Write Short SentencesRule 15. Write Short SentencesRule 15. Write Short Sentences—the 1818 Rule, Part Ithe 1818 Rule, Part Ithe 1818 Rule, Part Ithe 1818 Rule, Part I .................................................................... 16161616Rule 16. Use MainlyRule 16. Use MainlyRule 16. Use MainlyRule 16. Use Mainly Active VoiceActive VoiceActive VoiceActive Voice—the 1818 Rule, Part IIthe 1818 Rule, Part IIthe 1818 Rule, Part IIthe 1818 Rule, Part II ............................................ 16161616Rule 17. Use “But” and “And” to Begin SentencesRule 17. Use “But” and “And” to Begin SentencesRule 17. Use “But” and “And” to Begin SentencesRule 17. Use “Butand “And” to Begin Sentences ................................................................................................ 17171717
 
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Rule 18. Distinguish Between “ThaRule 18. Distinguish Between “ThaRule 18. Distinguish Between “ThaRule 18. Distinguish Between “That” and “Which”t” and “Which”t” and “Which”t” and Which” ................................................................................................ 17171717Rule 19. Use the Dash, Parenthesis, and Comma for Degrees of Rule 19. Use the Dash, Parenthesis, and Comma for Degrees of Rule 19. Use the Dash, Parenthesis, and Comma for Degrees of Rule 19. Use the Dash, Parenthesis, and Comma for Degrees of EmphasisEmphasisEmphasisEmphasis ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 18181818Rule 20. One Word is Usually EnoughRule 20. One Word is Usually EnoughRule 20. One Word is Usually EnoughRule 20. One Word is Usually Enough ............................................................................................................................................................................ 18181818Rule 21. No Parenthetical NumericalsRule 21. No Parenthetical NumericalsRule 21. No Parenthetical NumericalsRule 21. No Parenthetical Numericals ........................................................................................................................................................................ 18181818Rule 22. Hyphenate Phrasal AdjectivesRule 22. Hyphenate Phrasal AdjectivesRule 22. Hyphenate Phrasal AdjectivesRule 22. Hyphenate Phrasal Adjectives ................................................................................................................................................................ 19191919Rule 23. Always Question “Of”Rule 23. Always Question “Of”Rule 23. Always Question “Of”Rule 23. Always Question Of” ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 19191919Rule 24. Use the Serial CommaRule 24. Use the Serial CommaRule 24. Use the Serial CommaRule 24. Use the Serial Comma ................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 19191919Rule 25. Avoid Unnecessary PreamblesRule 25. Avoid Unnecessary PreamblesRule 25. Avoid Unnecessary PreamblesRule 25. Avoid Unnecessary Preambles................................................................................................................................................................ 20202020Rule 26. Purge LawspeakRule 26. Purge LawspeakRule 26. Purge LawspeakRule 26. Purge Lawspeak .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 20202020Rule 27. The Parties have NamesRule 27. The Parties have NamesRule 27. The Parties have NamesRule 27. The Parties have Names .................................................................................................................................................................................................... 20202020Rule 28. Use Quotations SparinglyRule 28. Use Quotations SparinglyRule 28. Use Quotations SparinglyRule 28. Use Quotations Sparingly................................................................................................................................................................................................ 21212121Rule 29. Use Persuasive LanguageRule 29. Use Persuasive LanguageRule 29. Use Persuasive LanguageRule 29. Use Persuasive Language ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 22222222Rule 30. Continue your ResearchRule 30. Continue your ResearchRule 30. Continue your ResearchRule 30. Continue your Research........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 22222222BiographyBiographyBiographyBiography ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 23232323APPENDIXAPPENDIXAPPENDIXAPPENDIX........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 24242424Words and PhrasesWords and PhrasesWords and PhrasesWords and Phrases ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 25252525Many Words When One Will DoMany Words When One Will DoMany Words When One Will DoMany Words When One Will Do............................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 28282828

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