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Legal Writing Is Not What It Should Be


Wayne Schiess


University of Texas School of Law

2009

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

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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
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