Better Punctuation for Lawyers

Better Punctuation for Lawyers

Better Punctuation for Lawyers - Self-Paced Online Seminars - LawProse

Participants take a diagnostic 61-question punctuation quiz in which they’re asked to select the correct answer from two possibilities. The quiz will test your knowledge of the conventions regarding commas, colons, quotation marks, semicolons, and other punctuation marks— focusing on the principles that are followed in the highest echelons of edited English. Professor Garner takes you through each item in the quiz, explaining the rule that leads to the correct answer in a way that reinforces your knowledge of punctuation. If you’re uncertain in the beginning, Professor Garner will immediately show you how to achieve a greater command of punctuation in short order; if you’re skilled, you’ll undoubtedly discover some new refinements—and have fun doing it. The course materials include a complete restatement of the principles of punctuation, showing all the rules that govern English usage.

Professor Garner is not only the acclaimed author of The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style (which elucidates all the rules of English punctuation), but he is also regarded as one of the most accomplished grammarians of the English language, being the author of Garner’s Modern English Usage and of Chapter 5 (Grammar and Usage) of The Chicago Manual of Style.

Seminar Specifications

Seminar Length

60 minutes (total video length)

License Window

30 days from date of license purchase.

Production Date

January 19, 2011; Full review: November 30, 2020

Live, interactive function

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Seminar Format

Print out Punctuation Test (course materials PDF)
Complete the test and then continue on to the seminar videos.

Seminar Content Tree
(seminar module)

  • Directions
  • Punctuation Test (PDF)
  • Punctuation 1-1-3 (video Part 1 of 3)
  • Quiz 1
  • Punctuation 1-2-3 (video Part 2 of 3)
  • Quiz 2
  • Punctuation 1-3-3 (video Part 3 of 3)
  • Final Quiz
  • Code Word
  • Evaluation
  • Restatement of Punctuation (PDF)
  • Answer Key (PDF)

CLE State Approvals


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LawProse Policy on CLE Credit

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Want more focused training on specific legal-writing skills? Professor Bryan A. Garner has created over 40 hours here for you. Learn the skills of legal writing and take the mystery out of the art.

Discounts & Watching as a Group

Discounts are available as additional-viewer licenses. These are for groups simultaneously viewing a self-paced online seminar using one computer connection. When one participant pays the full list price, each additional viewer pays for an additional-viewer license—again, if all registrants view on one screen together. You can register your group by calling LawProse at 214-691-8588 or emailing or directly on our e-learning site.

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