The Power of Connectivity: The Science and Art of Transitions

18 Legal Comm. & Rhetoric: JALWD __ (Fall 2021 Forthcoming)

Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 20-36

12 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2020 Last revised: 3 Aug 2020

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Diana Simon

James E. Rogers College of Law, The University of Arizona

Date Written: July 30, 2020

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Simon, Diana, The Power of Connectivity: The Science and Art of Transitions (July 30, 2020). 18 Legal Comm. & Rhetoric: JALWD __ (Fall 2021 Forthcoming), Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 20-36, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3664846

Diana Simon (Contact Author)

James E. Rogers College of Law, The University of Arizona ( email )

P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721-0176
United States

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