Writing to Win The Legal Writer

ISBN-10: 0385495927

ISBN-13: 9780385495929

Edition: 1999

Authors: Steven D. Stark
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Description: From a master teacher, a results-oriented approach to powerful legal writing that communicates, that persuades--and that wins. Of all the professions, the law has the most deserved reputation for opaque, jargon-clogged writing. Legal education, which focuses on judicial opinions, not instruments of persuasion, is partly to blame. Yet forceful writing is one of the most potent weapons of legal advocacy. In Writing to Win, Steve Stark, a former teacher of writing at Harvard Law, who has taught thousands of aspiring and practicing lawyers, has written the only book on the market that applies the universal principles of vigorous prose to the job of making a case--and winning it. Writing to Win focuses on the writing of lawyers, not judges, and includes dozens of examples of effective (and ineffective) real-life writing--as well as models drawn from advertising, journalism, and fiction. It deals with the problems lawyers face in writing, from organization to strengthening and editing prose; teaches ways of improving arguments; addresses litigation and technical writing in all its forms; and covers the writing attorneys must perform in their practice, from memos and letters to briefs and contracts. Each chapter opens with a succinct set of rules for easy reference. No other legal writing book on the market is as practical, as focused on results, as well written as Writing to Win.

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication date: 12/28/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Introduction
The Fundamentals of Legal Writing
Organizing Your Material
The Rules of the Road
The Mechanics of Editing
The Fundamentals of Argument for All Lawyers
The Art of Argument
The Role of Narrative in Argument
Writing in Litigation
Writing the Facts
Writing Arguments
Writing Trial and Appellate Briefs
Writing Complaints and Answers
Writing in Discovery
Oral Argument from a Writer's Perspective
Writing in Legal Practice
Technical Writing
Writing Memos
Writing Letters and E-mail
Drafting Contracts and Rules
Conclusion: The Real Damage of Bad Legal Writing
Appendix
The Thirteen Rules of Professionalism in Legal Writing
Submitting Samples for Inclusion in Future Editions of This Book
Bibliography
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