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Books by Terri LeClercq


Legal Writing with Style by Terri LeClercq and Karin Mika. A comprehensive guide for improving your legal writing.

Experienced legal writing scholars and language experts Terri LeClercq and Karin Mika know that bad grammar and clumsy writing keep law students from articulating what they know in both class assignments and final exams. Problems with basic grammar, word choice, and punctuation may create embarrassing moments with office supervisors, clients, and court personnel. Now is the time to review those pesky rules and clean up muddled prose. This book helps do just that. Terri LeClercq taught legal writing at the University of Texas School of Law for over 20 years, as has Karin Mika at Cleveland State Law School. This book is thus the culmination of over 40 years of experience helping students and attorney clients to be grammatically correct, well organized, and free of ambiguities.

Writing with Style offers a quick, initial assessment of basics, with exercises and answers. It covers sentences, problem words, and punctuation rules and options. It succinctly provides the information and base for the self-grading exercises that follow. Students may explore their problem areas in privacy; professors may use the brief explanations as a springboard for class discussion.

Writing with Style delves deeper into the complexities of legal organization, offering before and after models plus helpful tips on coherence and editing away unnecessary detail that obscures organization.

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Guide to Legal Writing Style (Legal Research and Writing) This concise paperback focuses on the nuances of legal writing style and provides novice legal writers with the skills they need to polish their writing.

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Guide to Legal Writing Style, Fifth Edition,
intended as an ancillary to any basic legal writing text, expands what students learn in their first-year courses by providing additional techniques and style tips that will help make their writing more precise, readable and elegant. This highly regarded paperback, specifically directed at legal writers, offers

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  • crisp, pointed advice written in a personal and humorous style
  • lucid organization that helps students find the information they need most, including practice with basic skills and helpful advice on organization, sentence structure, word choice, punctuation, and formatting
  • an emphasis on legal ethics throughout, with most of the examples and exercises focusing on ethical issues
  • a chapter on organization that compares and contrasts undergraduate terms and goals with those expected by a legal audience
  • a guide that helps students guard against plagiarism
  • short, end-of-chapter exercises, with the answers at the back of the book, that strengthen skills and provide opportunities for self-testing

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Special features in the Fifth Edition include:
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  • a new chapter testing common errors in professional writing, with explanations as well as succinct answers
  • new checklists that reinforce essential advice of each chapter

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Expert Legal Writing

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For ten years, Terri LeClercq’s “Legal Writing” column in the Texas Bar Journal has helped polish the prose of lawyers and law students, judges and clerks, paralegals, writing instructors, and legal secretaries. This book collects all the advice she has given in her columns into one authoritative guide for expert legal writing. LeClercq covers everything a legal writer needs to know, from the mechanics of grammar and punctuation to the finer points of style, organization, and clarity of meaning. With her practical, readable, and often humorous advice, those who prepare legal documents can rid their prose of mind-numbing “legalese” and write with the clarity and precision that characterize the very best legal writing.

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Prison Grievances is a graphic novel, available right now through Amazon.com for only $10. Entertaining and educational.

Prison GrievancesDescription

Entertaining story arc with a pro bono lawyer and filmmaker entering the prisons to teach about writing grievances. Character development, tensions, curious happenings–and a successful grievance makes it into the court system. 5th grade reading level. Concludes with checklist pages for grievances.

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