The study found that "many more legal writing
professors have traditional tenure-line credentials than actually hold tenure-line appointments.
77) Through legal writing
assignments, law students
Dubose, Legal Writing
for the Rewired Brain: Communicating in a Paperless World 1, 3-6 (2010), available at http://www.
22) The authors conducted their survey based on the assumption that "the average readability scores of [the briefs would function] as a proxy for plainness in writing" and summarized their results by noting that "[i]f our most important assumptions are accepted--that readability offers reliable evidence of plainness, and that Supreme Court briefs provide an acceptable representation of legal writing
(23)--then the following conclusion is warranted: A gradual historical trend towards plainer legal writing
is revealed over recent decades.
Good legal writing
includes the effective communication of legal analysis, following sophisticated legal thinking.
to write objectively in their legal writing
Judge Painter is the author of more than 400 nationally published decisions, 130 legal articles, and six books, including The Legal Writer: 40 Rules for the Art of Legal Writing
necessity of orienting academic legal writing
towards inspiring change
Since language itself is a central component of both legal writing
(such as in trademarks and contacts) and criminal prosecutions involving police interrogations, court proceedings, and prison interactions, linguistic analysis is increasingly becoming a useful tool in legal fields.
Aspen Publishers (New York) is now offering a new book for those seeking to master the basic concepts of legal writing
Frustrated with the difficulties of teaching Bluebook style, a group of legal writing
instructors who banded together in 1996 to form the
For the first legal writing
assignment, I proudly turned in a paper rife with the characteristics that, I felt, had gotten me "As" in college English courses: close readings of wording, fancy language, and a pull-out-the-stops conclusion.