Legal Writing in Plain English

Legal Writing in Plain English

Professor Bryan A. Garner teaches all 50 sections of his classic text over 10 hour long sessions. In each session, you’ll work through exercises designed to sharpen your analytical and writing skills. You’ll learn the primary tools and techniques to make the most of your abilities. With Professor Garner’s tips and your dedication, you’ll find yourself succeeding at challenging writing projects and enjoying your work as never before.

Framing Your Thoughts (Part 1)

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Divide and conquer: compose in an orderly, planned way. Learn to think efficiently and prepare yourself properly.

Phrasing Your Sentences (Part 2)

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Improve your mastery of styling sentences. Engage your readers’ attention with shorter and more powerful statements.

Choosing Your Words (Part 3)

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Enhance your command of English vocabulary, particularly legal vocabulary. Discover how “impressive” words and phrases can bog down your writing—and learn the expressions you should use.

Structuring Your Analytical and Persuasive Writing (Part 4)

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Use the elements of rhetorical discourse to your advantage. Learn how to take advantage of the most important part of any presentation: the opener.

Some Keys to Good Expository Prose (Part 5)

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Perfect the techniques of persuasive exposition. Consider how you sound; learn why a relaxed, conversational tone works in your professional writing. Guide your readers deftly through narrative and argument.

Legal Drafting (part A) (Part 6)

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Adopt the optimal approach to contractual and statutory drafting. Understand your audience, your purposes, and the common pitfalls of archaic conventions.

Legal Drafting (part B) (Part 7)

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Refine your contractual and statutory drafting. Make the language plain and the meaning clear. Avoid introducing words and phrases that could create litigation.

Document Design (Part 8)

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Acquire enough knowledge about typography to produce readable documents. Learn the elements that make a document approachable and attractive—or the opposite.

Editing Yourself and Others (Part 9)

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Become proficient in large-scale revisions and copyediting. Learn to critique others’ writing constructively and to gain objectivity in reviewing your own.

The Finer Points of Style (Part 10)

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Maintain a clear-headed approach to writing and editing. Learn how and why effective communication takes practice and attention.

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

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