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From a master teacher, a results-oriented approach to powerful legal writing that communicates, that persuades--and that wins. Of all the professions, the law has the most deserved reputation for opaque, jargon-clogged writing. Legal education, which focuses on judicial opinions, not instruments of persuasion, is partly to blame. Yet forceful writing is one of the most pote From a master teacher, a results-oriented approach to powerful legal writing that communicates, that persuades--and that wins. Of all the professions, the law has the most deserved reputation for opaque, jargon-clogged writing. Legal education, which focuses on judicial opinions, not instruments of persuasion, is partly to blame. Yet forceful writing is one of the most potent weapons of legal advocacy. In Writing to Win, Steve Stark, a former teacher of writing at Harvard Law, who has taught thousands of aspiring and practicing lawyers, has written the only book on the market that applies the universal principles of vigorous prose to the job of making a case--and winning it. Writing to Win focuses on the writing of lawyers, not judges, and includes dozens of examples of effective (and ineffective) real-life writing--as well as models drawn from advertising, journalism, and fiction. It deals with the problems lawyers face in writing, from organization to strengthening and editing prose; teaches ways of improving arguments; addresses litigation and technical writing in all its forms; and covers the writing attorneys must perform in their practice, from memos and letters to briefs and contracts. Each chapter opens with a succinct set of rules for easy reference. No other legal writing book on the market is as practical, as focused on results, as well written as Writing to Win.


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From a master teacher, a results-oriented approach to powerful legal writing that communicates, that persuades--and that wins. Of all the professions, the law has the most deserved reputation for opaque, jargon-clogged writing. Legal education, which focuses on judicial opinions, not instruments of persuasion, is partly to blame. Yet forceful writing is one of the most pote From a master teacher, a results-oriented approach to powerful legal writing that communicates, that persuades--and that wins. Of all the professions, the law has the most deserved reputation for opaque, jargon-clogged writing. Legal education, which focuses on judicial opinions, not instruments of persuasion, is partly to blame. Yet forceful writing is one of the most potent weapons of legal advocacy. In Writing to Win, Steve Stark, a former teacher of writing at Harvard Law, who has taught thousands of aspiring and practicing lawyers, has written the only book on the market that applies the universal principles of vigorous prose to the job of making a case--and winning it. Writing to Win focuses on the writing of lawyers, not judges, and includes dozens of examples of effective (and ineffective) real-life writing--as well as models drawn from advertising, journalism, and fiction. It deals with the problems lawyers face in writing, from organization to strengthening and editing prose; teaches ways of improving arguments; addresses litigation and technical writing in all its forms; and covers the writing attorneys must perform in their practice, from memos and letters to briefs and contracts. Each chapter opens with a succinct set of rules for easy reference. No other legal writing book on the market is as practical, as focused on results, as well written as Writing to Win.

30 review for Writing to Win: The Legal Writer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dexter Farlough

    Writing to Win Interesting read and informational. I found out a lot about the English language, writing technics, and again adjectives and adverbs in the expression of drafting and writings.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Graham Okely

    A well organised book. Not always clear but worth reading.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Mendez

    concise, formulaic, organized - just how I like it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Pyjov

    Read an excerpt from this and really liked it. Useful and well-written. "The law is one of the principle literary professions. One might hazard the supposition that the average lawyer in the course of a lifetime does more writing than a novelist." Read an excerpt from this and really liked it. Useful and well-written. "The law is one of the principle literary professions. One might hazard the supposition that the average lawyer in the course of a lifetime does more writing than a novelist."

  5. 5 out of 5

    Al Menaster

    Halfway through this book I decided it was the best book on legal writing I've ever read. This was the 2000 edition; there's a 2012 edition I'm trying to get my hands on. Halfway through this book I decided it was the best book on legal writing I've ever read. This was the 2000 edition; there's a 2012 edition I'm trying to get my hands on.

  6. 4 out of 5

    J

    I think the book has a lot of good advice that most lawyers can apply immediately to their practices.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dick Allen

    Guess it's not surprising that a book about writing well is written so well, but it is. Easy to read, informative. Guess it's not surprising that a book about writing well is written so well, but it is. Easy to read, informative.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    This is written for legal writers, but I found it a most useful and enlightening source for the kind of writing I do almost every day.

  9. 4 out of 5

    M.E.

    This book contains great advice for legal writers. It has assured me that my chosen profession will allow me to utilize the skills that I have acquired since I started studying writing.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Moi

    Read. The best is the middle part of book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    CLM

    This was recommended by a colleague.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Juan Delacruz

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nadim Gamal

  14. 4 out of 5

    Santa Ezergaile

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Turknett

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

  18. 4 out of 5

    Troy Britt

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marian Lewis

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sean

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  22. 5 out of 5

    John

  23. 4 out of 5

    Richard Wolford

  24. 4 out of 5

    Frank

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dana Para

  26. 4 out of 5

    Finbarr McCarthy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stanley

  28. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Muskett

  29. 5 out of 5

    Graham Penney

  30. 4 out of 5

    Donna Syed

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