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Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review, 4th [Paperback]

by Eugene Volokh
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April 1, 2010 1599417502 978-1599417509 4
Designed to help law students write and publish articles, this text provides detailed instructions for every aspect of the law school writing, research, and publication process. Topics covered include law review articles and student notes, seminar term papers, how to shift from research to writing, cite-checking others work, publishing, and publicizing written works. The book helps law students and everyone else involved in academic legal writing: professors save time and effort communicating basic points to students; law schools satisfy the American Bar Association's second- and third-year writing requirements; and law reviews receive better notes from their staff. The Fourth Edition adds examples drawn from successful student notes, coupled with detailed explanations of what makes the examples effective, and how they could have been made still more effective. It also elaborates further on how one can research a topic more comprehensively than many students do, both by finding a broader range of examples and applications, and by investigating the key cases more deeply.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 411 pages
  • Publisher: Foundation Press; 4 edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599417502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599417509
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pragmatic, clear, systematic, and without equal September 8, 2007
Former clerk to the Supreme Court and Professor at UCLA Eugene Volokh has given a remarkable gift to the legal community that would be a bargain at twice the price. It delivers pragmatic and thoughtful advice in a remarkably clear and lucid style. Moreover, it is not simply clear for law books--frankly, a low bar to pass--Volokh writes for the ordinary public daily on his eponymous blog (where you can read the first chapter of this book), and the skills required for that task manifest themselves in this work.

Academic Legal Writing is also extremely systematic. Every aspect of the paper is taken into consideration, from the approach to research, to avoiding off-putting humor or politically charged language, time tables for submissions, and so on, even including how to draft letters to professors and law reviews asking them to look over your work and to consider it for publication.

Academic Legal Writing is really in a class by itself. That said, perhaps I can indicate its greatness by invoking a few other names. Academic Legal Writing is a perfect companion volume to Bryan Gardner's The Elements of Legal Style. It is as clear and concise and accessible as Marvin Chirelstein's Concepts and Case Analysis in the Law of Contracts, and it deserves to be as ubiquitous and is certainly as valuable, thoughtful, and comprehensive as Joseph Glannon's E&E Civil Procedure and Erwin Chemerinsky's Constitutional Law: Principles and Policies. If you know these books, you should be going "wow." If you don't, and you are going to law school, I advise reading all of them. (Also Getting to Maybe, which I never found compelling, but am in the distinct minority view on.)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for law review competitions July 17, 2010
Very helpful intro to legal writing, especially in the context of law review competitions. Don't pass by the cute Kozinski intro.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introductory book August 2, 2012
This book is thorough and well written. It is an excellent introduction. Because it deals with a lot of types of writing, it cannot go deeply into each type of writing. That's it's only weakness.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Law Student November 29, 2010
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If you are writing a journal article it seems that it would be a ton of help. I bought it to write a legal research paper for a seminar class and there's only about 4 pages that deal directly with seminar papers so it's a little frustrating. Maybe my class is not the normal law school seminar but most of the thigns in the book didn't seem to apply to my paper but maybe it will help for future writings.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for Student Law Review Members May 1, 2008
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Just like the title, this book is a great guide to "Academic Legal Writing." Step by step, the author takes you through the process of writing a publishable legal article. Every aspect is covered: from how to form a thesis to how to publicize and publish your finished product. Every law review student should read this book while writing his or her student Note.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome April 7, 2014
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Mr.Volokh really hits it out of the park on this one. Awesome it is. No ifs,ands or buts about it.

A succint and timely publication which I have found immensely helpful and spot on point.

Well worth thrice its cost.


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