Book Review: Reading Style: A Life in Sentences

Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, Vol. 24, No. 1 & 2, Summer 2016

4 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2016

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Deborah L. Borman

University of Illinois Chicago School of Law; University of Arkansas Little Rock Bowen School of Law

Date Written: July 1, 2016

Abstract

To become better writers, students need to read great authors. For this reason, I always recommend that law students who want to become the best legal writers read great literature and novels especially those with subtle themes and complicated plots. Any good story with a subtext can help students develop better legal communication skills. The use of subtext, both psychosocial and historical, by many authors influences the reader’s perception and opinion of the characters. A compelling story can also be told with strong allusions and a variance between embellished details and short, direct descriptions. By working at the micro level with each sentence, students can craft a full brief that will glimmer from start to finish.

Keywords: Writing, Editing, Fiction, Crafting, Sentences

JEL Classification: Y30

Suggested Citation

Borman, Deborah Lee, Book Review: Reading Style: A Life in Sentences (July 1, 2016). Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, Vol. 24, No. 1 & 2, Summer 2016 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2824734

Deborah Lee Borman (Contact Author)

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