Transitions

Bench & Bar Kentucky, Vol. 66, No. 5, September 2002

2 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2006

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Richard A. Bales

Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law

Abstract

Transitions tell your reader, as Humphrey Bogart said to Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, "where you've been and where you're going." Transitions tie together sentences and paragraphs; they link familiar material (which you already have discussed) to unfamiliar material (which you are about to discuss). A missing or inappropriate transition can leave your reader with a confusing jumble of ideas.

Transitions exist at many levels. Large-scale transitions, such as road maps and transitional paragraphs, link large sections of the writing together. Small-scale transitions may be no more than a sentence or a clause or a word. Internal previews (First...Second...Third...) are a very effective way to link paragraphs or elements of a legal test.

This essay describes the types of transitions, provides examples of each, and includes tips for using transitions effectively.

Keywords: transition, legal writing, road map, internal preview

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Bales, Richard A., Transitions. Bench & Bar Kentucky, Vol. 66, No. 5, September 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=910041

Richard A. Bales (Contact Author)

Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law ( email )

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