Guide to legal writing style by Terri LeClercq

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Published by Little, Brown in Boston .

Written in English

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  • Legal composition,
  • Law -- United States -- Language

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-195) and index.

Book details

StatementTerri LeClercq.
LC ClassificationsKF250 .L3913 1995
The Physical Object
Paginationxix, 198 p. ;
Number of Pages198
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL821899M
ISBN 100316163023
LC Control Number95076102

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PDF; WHAT AND WHY. Introduction; Purposes of Legal Citation; Types of Citation Principles; Levels of Mastery; Citation in Transition; Who Sets Citation Norms; HOW TO CITE Electronic Resources; Judicial Opinions; Constitutions & Statutes; Agency & Exec.

Material; Arbitrations; Court Rules; Books; Law Journal. and academic legal writing. Before going into teaching, he clerked for Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski and for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Sincehe has written over 50 law review articles and over 80 op-eds in publications such as the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Wall Street Journal, New York Times.

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Schultz & Louis J. Sirico, Jr. Association of Legal Writing Directors & Darby Dickerson, ALWD Citation Manual (4th ed ) Bryan A. Garner, The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style (2d ed ) The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed ) Webster's Third New International Dictionary () Black's Law Dictionary (9th ed ).

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The Bluebook is the dominant style manual for legal citation in the United States. It is currently in its 19th edition. Pt 1, the Bluepages, is a basic guide to legal citation designed for practicing legal professionals and 1Ls. Pt 2 contains more complex rules of citation style required for law journals and other legal scholarship.

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Garner, Jeff Newman, and Tiger Jackson () Legal Writing Handbook: Analysis, Research, and Writing, by Laurel Currie Oates and Anne Enquist () Legal Writing in a Nutshell, by Lynn Bahrych () Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text With Exercises, by Bryan A. Garner ().

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What Distinguishes Legal Writing from Other Forms of Writing. There are several things that distinguish legal writing from other forms of writing.

First and foremost is authority. The fourth edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation was published in late The information in this guide is based on the previous, 3rd edition, an updated version reflecting AGLC4 is under which version of the guide you need to use with your course coordinator, and always consult the full guide when writing your references.

"designed to aid practitioners and scholars in the proper use of citation form for legal documents and scholarly articles.

The Manual supplements the uniform citation system for Florida legal documents, RuleFlorida Rules of Appellate Procedure, and the standard citation authority for American legal journals, The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (18th edition).".

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