The Power of Connectivity: The Science and Art of Transitions
18 Legal Comm. & Rhetoric: JALWD __ (Fall 2021 Forthcoming)
12 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2020 Last revised: 3 Aug 2020
Date Written: July 30, 2020
Do transitions really matter? Yes. This article explores the impact of transitions in legal writing beyond simply improving flow and readability. First, with the help of cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists, the science behind transitions is addressed, because science shows that transitions increase comprehension and improve processing times. Second, the omnipresence and significance of transitions is addressed with the help of singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake and his song, “SexyBack” and comedian Brian Regan and his stand-up bit, “I Walked on the Moon.” Third, various types of transitions in legal writing are addressed with a special focus on the “magic of three” in persuasion in both legal writing and beyond.
Keywords: transitions, science behind transitions, legal analysis and writing, legal professions, rhetoric, trial and appellate advocacy
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