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Books to help with Brief Writing?

Books to help with Brief Writing?
« on: March 11, 2007, 10:50:01 AM »
Hi there....the legal writing program at my school (like everyone else's) sucks.  I could really use some help with writing my trial level brief this semester.  Are there any good books out there on this?  I happen to have drawn a tough grader (again) and need to do well to make up for an average grade last semester.

Re: Books to help with Brief Writing?
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2007, 08:06:57 PM »
I like Bryan A. Garner, The Winning Brief (2d. ed., 2004) for brief writing.  The author does some things differently than others, such as his issue statements and his preference of using footnotes rather than textual citations, but the book is very good.  For style, few books best The Chicago Manual of Style.

Re: Books to help with Brief Writing?
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2007, 09:29:56 PM »
Writing to Win by Steven D. Stark is a great little book about legal writing, and he points you to other good legal writing books throughout it.

Re: Books to help with Brief Writing?
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2007, 10:27:55 PM »
Thanks for the recommendations!

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Re: Books to help with Brief Writing?
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2007, 12:09:50 PM »
Hey, I just noticed that Lexis has a book available online: Winning on Appeal: Better Briefs and Oral Argument by Hon. Ruggero J. Aldisert.

You can either search for the source by it's name, or browse to it under:

Area of Law - By Topic/Litigation/CLE Course Listings & Information/National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)
Area of Law - By Topic/Litigation/Treatises & Analytical Materials/Pre-Trial & Trial Practice
Reference/Continuing Legal Education/National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Secondary Legal/CLE Materials/National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Secondary Legal/National Institute for Trial Advocacy