Recommend Books:

These books are recommended. You are not required to purchase any of them. However, you may want to review them to aid in your legal writing skills. Note that one or more of these books may also be the same books used in your LSV courses.

-Grammar & Style

  • Sandra J. Oster, Writing Shorter Legal Documents: Strategies for Faster and Better Editing (2012).
  • Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (3d ed. 2009).
  • Joan Ames Magat, The Lawyer's Editing Manual (2009).
  • Mark Herrmann, The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law (2006).
  • Bryan A. Garner, The Elements of Legal Style (2d ed. 2002).
  • William Strunk Jr. et al., The Elements of Style (4th ed. 1999).

-Legal Writing & Analysis:

  • Austen L. Parrish & Dennis T. Yokoyama, Effective Lawyering: A Checklist Approach to Legal Writing and Oral Argument (2d ed. 2012).
  • Bryan A. Garner, Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage (3d ed. 2011).
  • Linda H. Edwards, Legal Writing: Process, Analysis and Organization (5th ed. 2010).
  • Joseph M. Williams & Gregory G. Colomb, Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (10th ed. 2010).
  • Veda Charrow et al., Clear and Effective Legal Writing (4th ed. 2007).
  • Deborah A. Schmedemann & Christina L. Kunz, Synthesis: Legal Reading, Reasoning and Writing (3d ed. 2007).
  • Linda H. Edwards, Legal Writing and Analysis (2d ed. 2007).
  • Terri LeClercq, Guide to Legal Writing Style (4th ed. 2007).
  • Bryan A. Garner et al., The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style (2d ed. 2006).
  • Wayne Schiess, Better Legal Writing: 15 Topics for Advanced Legal Writers (2005).
  • Diana V. Pratt, Legal Writing: A Systematic Approach (4th ed. 2004).
  • Mary Barnard Ray & Barbara J. Cox, Beyond the Basics: A Text for Advanced Legal Writing (2d ed. 2003).
  • Tom Goldstein & Jethro K. Lieberman, The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well (2d ed. 2002).
  • Teresa J. Reid Rambo & Leanne J. Pflaum, Legal Writing by Design: A Guide to Great Briefs and Memos (2001).

-Tools for ESL Students

  • Susan Reid, Legal Writing for International Students: A U.S. Legal Writing Textbook for ESL/ESP Students and Practitioners of Law and Business (2005).

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