Good writers know how to use clause and sentence structure to enhance clarity and persuasive effect. Which brief would you rather read: the one with rhythm, or the one with excessive passive voice and no sentences under 30 words? This program is designed to help you write more compelling briefs by crafting better sentences. It's loaded with practical tips that will benefit legal writers of all experience levels.
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Tone and Formality
Word Choice: Verbs, Subjects, and Voice
Wordiness, Long Phrases, and Throat-Clearing
Avoiding Nominalizations, Matched Pairs, and Redundancies
Vagueness and Ambiguity
Subject/Verb Agreement and Modifying Phrases
Parallel Structures, Semicolons, Quotes, and Punctuation
ELIZABETH BERENGUER joined the faculty at Stetson Law School in August 2020 as an associate professor of law. She enjoys a national reputation as a legal scholar and leader within the legal writing community and brings expertise in the areas of curricular design/assessment and critical/comparative rhetoric. Ms. Berenguer began teaching law in 2008 and has taught a variety of courses including legal research and writing, advanced legal writing, pretrial litigation, transactional drafting, appellate advocacy, criminal law, and foundations of legal scholarship. She has designed the curriculum for legal writing programs at two different law schools and has collaborated on developing prerequisite courses for an LL.M. degree in international legal studies program at Nottingham Law School in the United Kingdom. Her work on the LL.M. program led her to publish a book entitled The Legal Scholar's Guidebook, a process-oriented approach to scholarly research and writing. This text is a valuable resource for students and nascent legal scholars who are working on scholarly projects for seminars, law review, or publication. In addition, Ms. Berenguer is widely published on issues of race, racism, class, cognitive rhetoric, and pedagogy. She earned her B.B.A. degree from Mercer University and her J.D. degree from Mercer University School of Law.
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