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Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review 3rd Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Foundation Press; 3 edition (July 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599411954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599411958
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bart Motes VINE VOICE on September 8, 2007
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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.)

I read Elizabeth Fajans and Mary R.
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If you are on the law review at your school, you need to read this book. It will tell you how to write a publishable article. You think you know how to write when you come into law school. You are wrong. This book will help you write an awesome law review article.
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I love this book, and recommend it to students in my law courses. I might make it mandatory this year, as very few of them realize that writing is a critical component of the lawyer's craft. I was unaware of how poorly most students write until the first submission of essays came in for my first class. At the time, I had published around 14 papers in three disciplines, including law. Scanning around for material to pass along to my students, I stumbled across this book. I wish I had read it before submitting my first law journal article, as it would have spared a lot of red ink. The suggestions in this book go a long way to addressing some of the key questions that law students have about writing papers. In my classes, I find that students have a hard time identifying legal issues (as opposed to empirical issues or normative issues in general), and they are generally weak at reasoning. This book can only do so much, as it cannot hope to teach proper critical thinking, deductive or inductive reasoning, case analysis and other skills. Nor can it address student deficiencies in writing to the extent of a specialist text like the 'handbook for writers'. However, the material in this book is clearly aimed at law students. In combination with other books (e.g,. booth's 'the craft of research', bardach's book on policy analysis, turabian's 'manual of style', etc), it is exactly what a law student needs to improve their writing. Sadly, few law students pay attention to developing their research and writing skills.
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I bought this primarily for a law-review write-on competition, figured I would shell out the cash since it's pretty much the only book on that exact topic or at least the only heavily recommended one. Wow, was it worth it! Besides the wonderful chapter on how to plan out your law review write-on and what to write about, along with specific advice for writing in a casenote format, the entire book was full of general writing advice. I may use the rest of it when I have a paper class, or for writing my law review note. (P.s. I did end up getting onto law review even though the competition was tougher than most years and I usually only got perfectly median grades in lega writing classes. Sure, I think putting a lot of hours into it helped as well, but knowing what the heck I was doing was exceedingly helpful and helped me make sure those hours were well spent.)
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I thought this book was worth the money. It definitely was not a quick read but the best part was how it helps you design the basis of your papers and sets you up for success. Legal writing is hard as it is and I wish I had this book when I first started law school.
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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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No page numbers on Kindle Version. Ridiculous when trying to complete reading assignments inevitably assigned by page numbers. Equally ridiculous when asked to turn to a certain page in class for discussion. The portability and convenience of an e-book means absolutely nothing in either situation.

Content of the book seems to be fine. Typical law school stuff...slightly more interesting that a case book.
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