Blog Sources: the (new) legal writer

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • November 1, 2015

Most 1L students are currently drafting their first year memos while 2L/3L’s are writing papers for courses.  This would be a good time to look at some paper writing sources including several good blogs.  The ABA lists the (new) legal …

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From the Lawyerist – How to Format an Appellate Brief

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • July 20, 2015

You learn about the content requirements of an appellate brief in law school, but how much time is spent on the formatting requirements?  To make it more confusing, format requirements vary from court to court.

The Lawyerist recently posted the …

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Lincoln: Master of Words

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • June 16, 2015

Did you miss Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation, an exhibit at the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan that closed on June 7?  Well, you can still experience it.  A complete online version of the exhibit, …

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10 Tips for Better Legal Writing

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • October 5, 2014

The ABA Journal recently posted an article entitled “10 Tips for Better Legal Writing” by Bryan Garner.  The article provides some great writing tips for all students and practitioners.  Read the entire article here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat…

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Writing Checklist App

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • September 21, 2014

Writing professor Kathy Vinson at Suffolk has developed a writing checklist app called iWrite Legal.  This app includes
writing tips, tips for clear communication, writing checklists, as well as other resources to revise, edit, and proofread legal documents.  To learn …

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Award-Winning Contract Drafting Blog

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • January 25, 2014
Here’s an outstanding addition to any formal skills training
or on-the-job experience: Adams on Contract Drafting. This blog uniquely
focuses on the language, not the
content, of business contracts—how to express what you want to say in “modern
and …

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Don’t Write Like This

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • April 26, 2010

Lowering the Bar has posted a 538-word order by the U.S. Court of International Trade which was ALL ONE SENTENCE. Law students, do not do this on your upcoming exams.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat…

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Anti-legalese

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • December 11, 2009

It is not just your Legal Writing professors who insist that you write clearly. A judge in Minnesota has issued guidelines on reducing legalese in filings. Two of his rules – never use “and/or” and eliminate superfluous words such …

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Writing in the Age of Distraction

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • June 16, 2009

I know that many of you are currently (or are interested in) writing scholarly work. And I also know how difficult it is to write without being distracted by e-mails, texts, online games, RSS feeds, Facebook posts and/or other shiny …

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Summer Associate Writing Tips

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • June 8, 2008

This article in the National Law Journal offers tips to help summer associates write better, but these tips could also be helpful to any law students or new attorneys. For anyone receiving a writing assignment from a lawyer, #3 is …

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