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Now there is a comprehensive, easy-to-use reference text for legal writers who want to refresh or refine their knowledge of mechanics and style. Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers: A Practical Reference contains all the information fledgling legal writers need, in an extremely accessible format.These features make Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers a useful companion to any legal writing text:brief and accessible reference concentrates on mechanics and stylefocus on the rules of grammar, style, and usage, with examples and coverage targeted to the needs of legal writers by an author with years of experience teaching legal writing and beginning legal writersimportant section on Legal Documents offers tips and strategies to improve legal writing, as well as samples of a letter, memorandum, trial brief, appellate brief, and a transactional documentnumerous helpful examples of both good and bad writingpractical approach assists students in solving common problems and dilemmas, such as substitutions for 'legalese,' lists of commonly used legal idioms, spelling help, advice on organization and the legal writing process, a description of common legal blunders, proofreading, and document designsmall trim size, comb binding, clear organization, two-color printing, and helpful design elements that highlight important information make the book easy to carry and consulthelpful appendices include Citation Form with both Bluebook and ALWD examples, English as a Second Language, Glossary of Terms, and Glossary of UsageCD-ROM with supplemental exercises is available for instructors who want additional exercises for class usePacked with information designed to encourage the novice legal writer, the text also includes:websites for each topicTips and Strategies in each chapter to highlight key topicsChallenge Exercises in each chapter that allow readers to test their mastery of the materialBrief Table of Contents on the inside front cover and Writing Checklist on the inside back cover for fast reference