Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Writing and Editing

Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyers Guide to Effective Writing and Editing gives you the specialized knowledge and techniques to draft clear and compelling legal documents, no matter how complicated the issues involved.

Featuring drafting exercises and examples, Thinking Like a Writer enables you to craft introductions that: engage readers from the start — develop a credible, professional writing persona — write strong, streamlined sentences that bring subjects into clear focus — create logically-linked paragraphs that carry readers forward smoothly — break up information stylistically and graphically to enhance comprehension — use syntax, verbs, and varied sentence lengths to keep readers attention — instill writing with added grace and imagination — communicate with different audiences, including clients, associates, senior lawyers, and judges — and identify drafting problems, understand their causes, and find the right editorial solutions.

Thinking Like a Writer shows you how to blend reason and emotion, detail and simplicity, concrete language and metaphors, to ensure that your legal writing does full justice to your legal thinking.

Updated as needed, Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyers Guide to Effective Writing and Editing is a vital working handbook for attorneys and a useful reference for judges and paralegals.

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3 Comments

  1. I use it as a reference all the time. This book gives great advice on how to make your legal writing more effective. The key point to understand with legal writing is that it’s supposed to be a tool to help the reader either make a decision or understand the effects of certain actions. The reader is supposed to get smarter after every sentence and by the end of it he knows what he’s supposed to do or what is going to happen. This book does a great job of teaching you how to write so that this happens for the reader. 

  2. Wondeful book for legal writing I have long been a fan ofthe authors. This editionis expanded from the original.It’s no ‘quick fix’but if you apply their principles,the effectiveness and impact of your legal/professional writing will vastly improve

  3. Highly Recommended My Professor, who is an attorney, at my college recommended this book. It is a very good book. Can refer back to it constantly. Couldn’t live without the book concerning legal writing.

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