Writing Resource Center

Legal Writing Resources - Style

Style Guides

Strunk & White's Elements of Style has been a seminal reference tool for general matters of style for nearly a century. Now available online, it has a section on words and common phrases that are often misused or misspelled.

The Legal Writing Teaching Assistant: The Law Student's Guide to Good Writing is an interactive guide to the rules of writing, aimed at law students, covering grammar, punctuation, and issues of style. The exercises require the user to download a browser plug-in.

"Eschew, Evade and/or Eradicate Legalese" includes UCLA Law Professor Eugene Volokh's often-referenced list of plain English replacements for "common clunkers."

"Writing a Brief the George Orwell Way" contains University of Texas Professor Wayne Schiess' six easy rules for simplifying and strengthening legal writing.

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