Headings

Bench & Bar Kentucky, Vol. 67, No. 4, pp. 41-42, July 2003

2 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2006

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Richard A. Bales

Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law

Abstract

Good legal writing is divided and subdivided using headings. Headings serve two purposes. First, they break long, complex material into more-easily digested pieces. Second, headings function as signposts that guide your reader through your prose.

Headings should be (1) structural (using traditional outline form); descriptive (case names usually are unhelpful); (3) independent (so a reader who skips a heading does not become lost); and (4) consistent in content, grammatical structure, and typography.

Keywords: legal writing, heading, signpost

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Bales, Richard A., Headings. Bench & Bar Kentucky, Vol. 67, No. 4, pp. 41-42, July 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=913769

Richard A. Bales (Contact Author)

Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law ( email )

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Ada, OH 45810
United States
419-772-2205 (Phone)

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