Ode to Garner

Last weekend I finally posted my LSAT prep books on Amazon. It took 24 hours to sell three books. CHA-CHING! Well, not exactly since I used the funds to purchase another type of law school prep books, namely those on legal research and writing. I'll admit it, I am terrified of writing. So I've made it one of my many goals for the summer to explore legal writing and hopefully become more comfortable with the idea of it. I purchased the following writing aides:

  • The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style
  • The Elements of Legal Style
  • A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage
All of which are authored by Bryan Garner. I don't know who this man is but I'm thinking his name is worshiped somewhere in the legal writing world, and likely has a fan club. I also realized that he is involved in Black's Law Dictionary (which I bought used now versus waiting later and paying a higher price). Mr. Garner also wrote my new favorite workbook: Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text with Exercises. He recommends doing the exercises with a group but all I have is The Janitor who has agreed to work through them with me. If anyone else out there wants to work through this book with us HOLLA BACK! I really like the format of this book and so far the exercises are good, however The Janitor has had to explain certain terms and I have had to use Black's already.

It may seem to some of you that I am over-prepping myself for the fall. (Or it may not and I am just blabbing to blawg.) I've been out of school for awhile and so I'm trying to retrain my brain for the classroom and homework experience. I'll also admit that I am intimidated by the rumor of how competitive law school is. I guess I just want to make sure I have no summer regrets come fall. Stay tuned for book reviews and a compiled summer reading list!

2 Comments:

  1. myterranullius said...
    I'd be willing to work on Garner with you. Hopefully we can bounce ideas and writings off one another. Email me and we can coordinate a bit!

    melissa(dot)in(dot)london(at)gmail(dot)com
    Kel said...
    YES! The Janitor will be so happy that he won't have to do this! I'm excited!

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