Source: AULERIE, 06 Jan 2015 Continue reading 42. To cite or not to cite?
Source: Steve Easterbrook‘s blog Here’s the abstract for a paper (that I haven’t written) on how to write an abstract: How to Write an Abstract: The first sentence of an abstract should clearly introduce the topic of the paper so that readers can relate it to other work they are familiar with. However, an analysis of abstracts across a range of fields show that few … Continue reading 41.How to Write a Scientific Abstract in six easy steps
Agustín Parise (Louisiana State University Law Centre) Source: Parise, Agustín (2010) “The 13 Steps of Successful Academic Legal Research,” International Journal of Legal Information: Vol. 38: Iss. 1, Article 4. Available at: http://scholarship.law.cornell.edu/ijli/vol38/iss1/4 The content of this essay is the result of more than ten years of trial and error. It was envisioned as a tool for personal guidance when drafting papers. If the recommendations included … Continue reading 40. The 13 Steps of Successful Academic Legal Research
By Sue Carol Rokaw Source: Survival Guide for New Attorneys, pp. 24-5 Sue Carol Rokaw, currently an in-house counsel at Farmers Insurance in Los Angeles with 15 years of law firm litigation experience, has taught legal writing and research for many years. Legal writing combines artistry and wisdom: weaving critical facts into the fabric of legal theory coupled with knowing the most effective way to … Continue reading 39. The Essentials of Good Legal Writing
By Joseph Kimble (*) Source: Michigan Bar Journal, Oct 2012, pp. 46-7 I originally prepared these tips with help from my colleagues in the Research & Writing Department at Thomas Cooley Law School. Each year, we read dozens of student notes submitted for the Scribes Law-Review Award. And each year, we see distractions and deficiencies. So I offer these tips as a public service—and for … Continue reading 38. Tips for Better Writing in Law Reviews (and Other Journals)
© 2001, 2009 Eugene Volokh and J. Alexander Tanford 10. USING PASSIVE RATHER THAN ACTIVE VOICE BAD LEGAL WRITERS USE PASSIVE VOICE “the ruling was made by the judge” “the complaint was filed by the plaintiff” “It was held that…” GOOD WRITERS USE THE ACTIVE VOICE “the judge ruled” “the plaintiff filed a complaint” “the court held…” SPOTTING GUIDE Check for the word “by” (search … Continue reading 37. Top 10 signs of bad legal writing
By Carole Lewis, Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal Source: Advocate, Vol. 22, No. 2, Dec 2009, pp. 22-24 Let me start with a disclaimer. I do not hold myself out as an expert on legal writing. I do, however, have views on improving written work that comes before courts, and these views gain strength the longer I sit on the Supreme Court of … Continue reading 36. Good legal writing