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Legal & General Writing Resources: Legal

Updated March 5, 2015.
Prepared by Cheryl Nyberg & Nancy McMurrer, with updates by law librarianship interns Scott Matheson & Jeremy J McCabe (2015).

This guide is part of a series on Legal & General Writing Resources, including

This guide consists of website links and lists of books, many of which are located in the Reference Area on floor L1.


Legal Writing Guides

All of the latest editions of the books listed below are found in the Reference Area, unless another location is given. When available, links to tables of contents [TOC] are provided.

This list is not exhaustive; the Law Library has many other books on legal writing, most under the KF250 call number. For additional titles, search the Law Library catalog with the phrase "legal composition."

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Special Topics & Special Focus

These books are located in the Reference Area unless another location is indicated.

Academic Writing

Grammar, Punctuation & Syntax

Writing for International Students

Opinion Letters & Memos

Note: Several of the legal writing guides also contain chapters on writing memos and opinion letters.

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Websites & Blogs

Legal Writing Websites & Blogs

Adams on Contract Drafting provides information about drafting contracts in general and specific information about usage of terms and jargon most often used in contract writing.

CALI lessons on legal writing.

The Lady (Legal) Writer blog focuses on practice-oriented writing, such as drafting motions and briefs.

Law Prose is Bryan Garner’s blog that provides a daily usage tip for how specific words should be used within general writing, as well as nearly 200 lessons on using terminology within legal writing.Also includes recorded interviews with judges and other prominent legal writers

Law School Plagiarism v. Proper Attribution, a brochure from the Legal Writing Institute.

The (New) Legal Writer is a blog with a "collection of resources for lawyers who write."

The Legal Writing Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to “exchange ideas about legal writing and to provide a forum for research and scholarship about legal writing and legal analysis." LWI holds a biennial summer conference and publishes a journal (Legal Writing), newsletter (The Second Draft), and conference bibliographies.

The Legal Writing Prof Blog is written by -- you guessed it! -- legal writing instructors and professors

Plain Language Association International, Plain Language and the Law contains articles and links.

University of Washington Research & Writing Assistance

UW Ask Betty
Provides useful information about English grammar geared for college writers. The site has links to multiple style guides, an instructor comments section which analyzes previous instructor feedback for student papers, and a resource guide to further campus and online resources.

Odegaard Writing & Research Center (OWRC)
Faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students from any course may sign-up to meet with the OWRC tutors for a one-on-one session to improve writing skills generally and to refine current writing projects. Appointments are available for forty-five minute time slots, Sunday through Friday.

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