Legal Writing Is Not What It Should Be

Wayne Schiess

University of Texas School of Law


Southern University Law Review, Vol. 37, p. 1, 2009

This Article presents and discusses nine reasons that legal writing is not as good as it should be. The reasons include inadequate preparation in college and law school, over-reliance on forms, complacency, a misguided sense of professionalism, and time pressure. The Article concludes by offering four recommendations: continue to improve law-school legal-writing programs and begin including legal drafting and plain English, train new lawyers in editing, require legal-writing training in continuing legal education, and encourage lawyers to take more individual responsibility for improvement.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 24

Keywords: Legal Writing, Style, Self Expression, Undergraduate, Knowledge Telling, Legal Analysis, Legal Drafting, Judicial Opinions, Time Pressure, Forms, Revising, Editing, Over-Formality, Complacent, Mediocre

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Date posted: August 19, 2010  

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Schiess, Wayne, Legal Writing Is Not What It Should Be (2009). Southern University Law Review, Vol. 37, p. 1, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1661130

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University of Texas School of Law ( email )
727 East Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.utexas.edu/law

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