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Legal Writing

Readers should consult Chapter 12 of my book for more detailed commentary on legal writing.
There is not very much freely available online material on legal writing. However, I do recommend the following sites or freely available articles:
  • Cheryl Stephens, Plain Language Legal Writing (CBA):
  • Clarity (An International Association Promoting Plain Legal Language)
Aside from that, some of my favourite print materials on legal writing are listed below (links below for each title are to the websites of the publisher or to Amazon, where available):

Books on legal writing or style more generally
  • Dick, Robert. Legal Drafting in Plain Language, 3rd ed. (Toronto, ON: Carswell, 1995).
  • Perrin, Timothy. Better Writing for Lawyers. (Toronto: Law Society of Upper Canada, 1990).
Books on contract drafting:
Books on written advocacy
  • Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Canadian Precedents of Pleadings, 3rd ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2017. Available from the publisher's website in PDF: Table of Contents, Index.
  • Harris, David et al, eds. "Chapter 2: Pleadings" in BC Civil Trial Handbook, 3rd ed. Loose-leaf. (Vancouver, BC: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 2005).
  • How Do You Plead? Breaking the Bonds of Boilerplate. (Toronto, ON: Department of Continuing Legal Education, Law Society of Upper Canada, 1994).
  • Perell, Paul & John Morden. "Chapter 5: Types of Actions, Pleadings and Applications" in The Law of Civil Procedure in Ontario, 4th ed. (Markham, ON: LexisNexis, 2020) (available here on Lexis + Canada).
  • Van Kessel, Robert & Edwin Upenieks. "Appendix A: Charts of Causes of Action, Defences and Their Legal Elements" in  Dispositions Without Trial, 3rd ed. (Toronto, ON: LexisNexis Canada, 2019).
Recent selected articles on written advocacy
  • Christopher Rusnak, "Effective Legal Writing" in How to Be a Great Litigation Junior 2019 (Vancouver: CLEBC, 2019).
  • Stephen Morrison, "How to Write an Effective Mediation Brief" (2019) 38:2 Adv Soc. J. 9.
  • Stephen Grant, "Form and Function: The Beauty of the Factum" (2016) 35:3 Adv Soc J 3.
  • Daniella Murynka, "Write Less, Win More" (2016) 46 Adv Q 77.
  • Adam Lamparello & Charles MacLean, "Beyond the Rules: Creating Great Writers: Not Just Legal Writers" (2014) 39:1 Can L Libr Rev 23.

  Cover of 4th edition of Legal Research and Writing
                (Irwin Law)

Legal Research and Writing:
4th Edition

by Ted Tjaden

Softcover 512 pgs.
Published: January 2016
Paperback: 978-1-55221-414-5
e-book: 978-1-55221-415-2

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