Legal Writing in Plain English

Class Unique: 28213
Legal Writing in Plain English Prof. Bryan A. Garner 214-691-8588 Course hours: 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. January 30–31, 2015 The take-home exam is due at noon Friday, March 6, 2015. Learning Outcomes This demanding one-hour course is for law students who wish to improve their editorial and writing skills. Although it targets students who are already competent writers, it requires no in-depth knowledge of grammar or rhetoric. You will not be expected, for example, to know what aposiopesis means or even how to pronounce it. Course Format The class spans two days: from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (with breaks interspersed, of course). Students will do several writing exercises. Guest lecturers (by exclusive video) include judges and practitioners from throughout the United States. Required Reading Legal Writing in Plain English (2d ed., Chicago 2013) Garner’s Dictionary of Legal Usage (3d ed., Oxford 2011) The Redbook (3d ed., West 2013)

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Friday, Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm TNH 2.137
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room
Take-home 1/31/15

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Mandatory
Satisfies ABA Professional Skills Requirement


  • Dictionary of Legal Usage - Garner
      Oxford , edition: 3d ed, 2011
      ISBN: 978-0-19-538420-8   (required)
  • Legal Writing in Plain English - Garner
      edition: 2nd 2d., chicago 2013
      ISBN: 978-0-226-28397-7   (required)
  • Redbook - Garner
      edition: 3d ed., West 2013
      ISBN: 978-0-314-28901-8   (required)