Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Education Writing - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Legal Education Writing. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 21st Edition

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Education Writing - August 2021

  • Author: Harvard Law Review
  • Publisher: Harvard Law Review Association; 21st edition (September 1, 2020)
  • Genre: Law, Law Practice
  • ISBN: 978-0578666150
  • Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches


2. A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Education Writing - August 2021

This new edition of the popular text teaches the foundational principles of critical reading, analysis, and writing in a clear and accessible way. By putting the reader in the place of a first-year attorney, the text shows law students how to succeed in law school and in the practice of law.

  • Author: Christine Coughlin
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press; 3rd edition (July 19, 2018)
  • Genre: Law, Legal Education
  • ISBN: 978-1531008765
  • Dimensions: 7 x 1.25 x 10 inches


3. Legal Writing and Analysis (Aspen Coursebook Series)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Education Writing - August 2021

Buy a new version of this Connected Casebook and receive access to the online e-book , practice questions from your favorite study aids, and an outline tool on CasebookConnect, the all in one learning solution for law school students. CasebookConnect offers you what you need most to be successful in your law school classes portability, meaningful feedback, and greater efficiency. This streamlined text offers a straightforward guide to developing legal writing and analysis skills for beginning legal writers. Legal Writing and Analysis, Fifth Edition by Linda Edwards, leads students logically through reading and analyzing the law, writing the discussion of a legal question, and writing office memos, letters, and briefs. The text includes chapters on citation form, writing style, professionalism, and oral argument. The book features special focus on forms of legal reasoning (rules, analogies, policies, principles, customs, inferences, and narrative) complete with examples and exercises. It teaches students to recognize rule structures and use them to organize their document. New to the Fifth Edition: Streamlined chapters and exercises Updated citation materials covering current editions of both citation manuals Product page featuring more material on professional letters and accessible coverage and use of legal theory Professors and students will benefit from: Contextual learning, including important legal method material Superior treatment of how to organize a legal discussion Clear, ample coverage of legal reasoning Practice-oriented approach Numerous examples and short exercises for formative assessment Strong coverage of professional responsibility CasebookConnect  features: ONLINE E-BOOK Law school comes with a lot of reading, so access your enhanced e-book anytime, anywhere to keep up with your coursework. Highlight, take notes in the margins, and search the full text to quickly find coverage of legal topics. PRACTICE QUESTIONS Quiz yourself before class and prep for your exam in the Study Center. Practice questions from  Examples & Explanations ,  Emanuel Law Outlines ,  Emanuel Law in a Flash  flashcards, and other best-selling study aid series help you study for exams while tracking your strengths and weaknesses to help optimize your study time. OUTLINE TOOL Most professors will tell you that starting your outline early is key to being successful in your law school classes. The Outline Tool automatically populates your notes and highlights from the e-book into an editable format to accelerate your outline creation and increase study time later in the semester.

  • Author: Linda H Edwards
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer; 5th edition (March 15, 2019)
  • Genre: Law, Legal Education
  • ISBN: 978-1543805178
  • Dimensions: 7 x 0.78 x 10 inches


4. Plain English for Lawyers

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Education Writing - August 2021

Plain English for Lawyers has been a favorite of law students, legal writing teachers, lawyers, and judges for almost 40 years. The sixth edition, now co-authored by Amy Sloan, updates this classic text, including new chapter exercises, while preserving all the approaches that make it such a standard in the field. It remains (in size only!) a little book, small enough and palatable enough not to intimidate over-loaded law students. In January 2005, the Legal Writing Institute gave Wydick its Golden Pen Award for having written Plain English for Lawyers . The Legal Writing Institute is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for discussion and scholarship about legal writing, analysis, and research. The Institute has over 1,300 members representing all of the ABA-accredited law schools in the United States. Its membership also includes law teachers from other nations, English teachers, and practicing lawyers. The LWI award states: Plain English for Lawyers ... has become a classic. Perhaps no single work has done more to improve the writing of lawyers and law students and to promote the modern trend toward a clear, plain style of legal writing.

  • Author: Richard C. Wydick
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press; Sixth edition (February 22, 2019)
  • Genre: Law, Legal Education
  • ISBN: 978-1531006990
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.25 inches


5. Researching the Law: Finding What You Need When You Need It [Connected Casebook] (Aspen Coursebook)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Education Writing - August 2021

Buy a new version of this Connected Casebook and receive access to the online e-book , practice questions from your favorite study aids, and an outline tool on CasebookConnect, the all in one learning solution for law school students. CasebookConnect offers you what you need most to be successful in your law school classes-- portability, meaningful feedback, and greater efficiency. Researching the Law: Finding What You Need When You Need It , Third Edition, guides students through a decidedly contemporary approach to legal research. Widely respected author Amy E. Sloan presents legal research as a process of efficiently filtering a vast quantity of available information. Simply put, students learn how to locate and identify the most pertinent and authoritative information available with the greatest possible expedience. Sloan's clear, concise explanations of essential research sources are presented in a context that speaks to the way lawyers do research today, with a flexible approach that works in a rapidly changing research environment. Part I explains how to define a research question; pre-filter content before beginning a search; conduct research using a variety of search techniques; and establish post-search criteria for filtering results. Part II describes essential features of individual sources of authority and search strategies unique to each source. Part III contains research flowcharts to help students plan research strategy for different types of research projects. New to the Third Edition: The material on the weight of court opinions has been redesigned to address jurisdiction before level of court. The discussion of techniques for drafting effective word searches has been expanded and includes sample searches. New resources for evaluating and updating case research, such as visual mapping technologies and document analysis tools, are included. Professors and students will benefit from: Complete coverage of fundamental principles A book that teaches students how to: Define a research question Pre-filter content before beginning a search Search for information using a variety of techniques Create and use post-search filtering criteria to target the most relevant information Learn the essential features of important legal authorities, as well as the research strategies unique to each one Use flowcharts to plan research strategy A concise and practical writing style that appeals to today's students. An approach to legal research as a filtering process to identify the most pertinent and authoritative information from vast search results Diverse coverage of online sources, not solely emphasizing only one of the prominent ones CasebookConnect features: ONLINE E-BOOK PRACTICE QUESTIONS OUTLINE TOOL

  • Author: Amy E. Sloan
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer; 3rd edition (February 27, 2020)
  • Genre: Law, Law Practice
  • ISBN: 978-1543813364
  • Dimensions: 7 x 0.38 x 10 inches


6. ALWD Guide to Legal Citation (Aspen Coursebook)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Education Writing - August 2021

Organizing legal citation into 40 thoroughly cogent and illustrated rules, the Guide is the ideal coursebook, supplement, or stand-alone reference for American legal citation.  Students, law review staff, scholars, and practitioners can rely on the Guide 7E to provide precise citation rules for the full spectrum of legal sources, consistent with national standards. The clear explanations, examples, diagrams, and quick-reference tables in the Guide make teaching and researching legal citation efficient and stress-free for all. New to the Seventh Edition: Expanded and updated coverage of how to cite to the multitude of e-sources that practitioners and students use when conducting legal research in the real world today, including new and revised component diagrams and examples New appendix helps law review staff writers cross-reference the Guide ’s citation rules with traditional legal citation standards Updated and revised Guide rules that are consistent with traditional legal citation standards Appendix 5 free online access to expanded list of periodical titles that can be updated frequently Appendix 2 free online access to coverage of local legal citation rules that can be updated frequently Professors and student will benefit from: Coverage of online media, such as e-books, listservs, forums, blogs, and social media Tips and directions for finding local rules Citing to case reporters, statutes, legislation, and regulations found on e-sources “Academic Formatting” icons note differences in citation style between academic legal writing and professional legal writing Fast Formats preview and refresh understanding of essential citation components Screenshots from electronic sources and snapshots of actual pages Sidebars explain the “why” of legal citations and how to avoid common errors Sample citation diagrams that illustrate the essential components of citation construction Cross-references within each rule connects content in other rules or in the Appendices Over 140 subsections with information not found in a traditional legal citation manual Detailed Appendices with abbreviations for use in citations and with information not found in other sources such as: Peer reviewed local court citation conventions, websites, and other resources Additional periodicals with full title abbreviations so writers do not have to memorize spacing rules to assemble abbreviations themselves Comprehensive rules for citing federal taxation materials

  • Author: Carolyn V. Williams
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer; 7th edition (May 5, 2021)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-1543807776
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1.28 x 9 inches


7. Legal Writing in Plain English, Second Edition: A Text with Exercises (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Education Writing - August 2021

Admirably clear, concise, down-to-earth, and powerful—all too often, legal writing embodies none of these qualities. Its reputation for obscurity and needless legalese is widespread. Since 2001 Bryan A. Garner’s Legal Writing in Plain English has helped address this problem by providing lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and legal scholars with sound advice and practical tools for improving their written work. Now the leading guide to clear writing in the field, this indispensable volume encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process that will appeal to other professionals: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills. Accessible and witty, Legal Writing in Plain English draws on real-life writing samples that Garner has gathered through decades of teaching experience. Trenchant advice covers all types of legal materials, from analytical and persuasive writing to legal drafting, and the book’s principles are reinforced by sets of basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises in each section.  In this new edition, Garner preserves the successful structure of the original while adjusting the content to make it even more classroom-friendly. He includes case examples from the past decade and addresses the widespread use of legal documents in electronic formats. His book remains the standard guide for producing the jargon-free language that clients demand and courts reward.

  • Author: Bryan A. Garner
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; Second edition (August 26, 2013)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0226283937
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.45 x 0.6 inches


8. Bryan A. Garner's Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style, 4th Edition (Coursebook)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Education Writing - August 2021

New, spiralbound print book.

  • Author: Bryan Garner
  • Publisher: West Academic Publishing; 4th edition (June 27, 2018)
  • Genre: Law, Legal Education
  • ISBN: 978-1642421002
  • Dimensions: 9.06 x 1.42 x 7.56 inches


9. Drafting Contracts: How & Why Lawyers Do What They Do, Second Edition (Aspen Coursebook)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Education Writing - August 2021

An eagerly anticipated second edition of this established and highly regarded text teaches the key practice skill of contract drafting, with emphasis on how to incorporate the business deal into the contract and add value to the client's deal. Features: More exercises throughout the book, incorporating More precedents for use in exercises Exercises designed to teach students how to read and analyze a contract progressively more difficult and sophisticated New, multi-draft exercises involving a variety of business contracts New and refreshed examples, including Examples of well-drafted boilerplate provisions More detailed examples of proper way to use shall Multiple well-drafted contracts with annotations Revised Aircraft Purchase Agreement exercise to focus on key issues, along with precedents on how to draft the action sections and the endgame sections. Expanded explanations of endgame provisions, along with examples and new exercises

  • Author: Tina L. Stark
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business; 2nd edition (November 26, 2013)
  • Genre: Law, Business
  • ISBN: 978-0735594777
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.37 x 10.96 inches


10. Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation's Top Advocates

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Legal Education Writing - August 2021

With Point Made , legal writing expert, Ross Guberman, throws a life preserver to attorneys, who are under more pressure than ever to produce compelling prose. What is the strongest opening for a motion or brief? How to draft winning headings? How to tell a persuasive story when the record is dry and dense? The answers are "more science than art," says Guberman, who has analyzed stellar arguments by distinguished attorneys to develop step-by-step instructions for achieving the results you want. The author takes an empirical approach, drawing heavily on the writings of the nation's 50 most influential lawyers, including Barack Obama, John Roberts, Elena Kagan, Ted Olson, and David Boies. Their strategies, demystified and broken down into specific, learnable techniques, become a detailed writing guide full of practical models. In FCC v. Fox , for example, Kathleen Sullivan conjures the potentially dangerous, unintended consequences of finding for the other side (the "Why Should I Care?" technique). Arguing against allowing the FCC to continue fining broadcasters that let the "F-word" slip out, she highlights the chilling effect these fines have on America's radio and TV stations, "discouraging live programming altogether, with attendant loss to valuable and vibrant programming that has long been part of American culture." Each chapter of Point Made focuses on a typically tough challenge, providing a strategic roadmap and practical tips along with annotated examples of how prominent attorneys have resolved that challenge in varied trial and appellate briefs. Short examples and explanations with engaging titles--"Brass Tacks," "Talk to Yourself," "Russian Doll"--deliver weighty materials with a light tone, making the guidelines easy to remember and apply. In addition to all-new examples from the original 50 advocates, this Second Edition introduces eight new superstar lawyers from Solicitor General Don Verrilli, Deanne Maynard, Larry Robbins, and Lisa Blatt to Joshua Rosencranz, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Judy Clarke, and Sri Srinvasan, now a D.C. Circuit Judge. Ross Guberman also provides provocative new examples from the Affordable Care Act wars, the same-sex marriage fight, and many other recent high-profile cases. Considerably more commentary on the examples is included, along with dozens of style and grammar tips interspersed throughout. Also, for those who seek to improve their advocacy skills and for those who simply need a step-by-step guide to making a good brief better, the book concludes with an all-new set of 50 writing challenges corresponding to the 50 techniques.

  • Author: Ross Guberman
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2nd edition (April 4, 2014)
  • Genre: Law, Legal Education
  • ISBN: 978-0199943852
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.1 x 5.5 inches