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Legal Research & Writing: Grammar, Usage & Style

Last Updated: Nov 3, 2023 1:50 PM


Bahrych, Legal Writing in a Nutshell, 4th ed. KF 250 S68 2009 (Study Aids)

Block, Effective Legal Writing for Law Students and Lawyers, 5th ed. KF 250 B56 1999 (Ref)
Review of common grammatical and stylistic problems. Ch.1 - case briefing.

Dernbach, Writing Essay Exams to Succeed (Not just to survive) KF 283 D47 2007

Drennan, Advocacy Words: A Thesaurus K 50 D74 2005 (Ref)

Dworsky, The Little Book on Legal Writing, 2nd ed. KF 250 D88 1992 (Ref)

Enquist, Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer, 2nd ed. KF 250 E57 2005 (Ref, Koren AV)

Fauk, The Elements of Legal Writing KF 250 F38 1994

Fox, The Legal Research Dictionary KF240 F69 2006

Garner, The Redbook KF 250 G375 2006 (Ref)

Garner, Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, 2nd ed. KF 156 G367 1995 (Ref)

Garner, Elements of Legal Style, 2nd ed. KF 250 G37 2002 (Ref)

George, Judicial Opinion Writing Handbook, 2nd ed. KF 250 G46 2007 (Ref)

Goldfarb, Clear Understandings: A Guide to Legal Writing KF 250 G64 1982

Goldstein & Lieberman, The Lawyer’s Guide to Writing Well, 2nd ed. KF 250 G65 2002 (Ref)

Good, Mightier than the Sword KF 250 G655 1989 (Also Ref)

Gopen, Writing from a Legal Perspective KF 250 G66 1981 (Ref)

Haggard, The Lawyer’s Book of Rules for Effective Legal Writing KF 250 H34 1997 (Also Ref)

Haggard, Legal Drafting in a Nutshell KF 250 H343 2007 (Study Aids)

Katz, Winning Words: a Guide to Persuasive Writing for Lawyers KF 250 K38 1986

Kimble, Lifting the Fog of Legalese KF 250 K54 2006

LeClerq, Guide to Legal Writing Style, 4th ed. KF 250 L375 2007 (Ref)

Lynton, Ballentine’s Thesaurus for Legal Research & Writing KF 156 L96 1994

Magat, Lawyer’s Editing Manual KF 250 M24 2009 (Ref)

Marx, The Modern Rules of Style KF 250 M38 2007 (Ref)

Maugans, The Grammatical Lawyer II KF 250 F732 1996 (Ref)

Mellinkoff, Legal Writing: Sense and Nonsense KF 250 M44 1982b (Ref)
Simple rules, blunders and cures. Overused and outdated items.

Putnam, Pocket Guide to Legal Writing KF 250 P873 2006 (Ref)

Richmond, Legal Writing: Form & Function KF 250 R53 2002 (Ref)

Terputac, A Handbook of English Usage: A Guide for Bench and Bar KF 240 T47 1988 (Ref)

Weihofen, Legal Writing Style, 2nd ed. KF 250 W4 1980 (Also Ref)

Weisberg, When Lawyers Write KF 250 W42 1987
Grammar, style, approaches and purposes of legal writing.


Many forms of modern communication, such as email, texting, and social media, have contributed to an increase in grammatical errors in the workplace. These sources will help you to avoid common mistakes in your legal writing:

Bates, Writing with Precision PE 1429 B35 1978 (Ref)

Carey, Mind the Stop: A Brief Guide to Punctuation PE 1450 C35 1958 (Ref)

Hacker, Writer’s Reference, 5th ed. PE 1408 H2778 (Ref)

Flower, Little Brown Handbook, 6th ed. PE 1112 F64 1995 (Ref)

O’Connor, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English PE 1112 O28 1996 (Ref)

Strunk & White, Elements of Style PE 1408 S772 1979 (Also Ref)

Williams, Style: Toward Clarity and Grace PE 1421 W546 1990