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Exercises from LEGAL WRITING IN PLAIN ENGLISH, Bryan A. Garner

§ 49. Habitually gauge your own readerly likes and dislikes, as well as those of other readers.

Exercises

Basic

Interview two law professors who don't teach legal writing. Ask about their likes and dislikes in their on-the-job reading. Ask them to put aside what they do in their own writing and to focus exclusively on their readerly likes and dislikes. Prepare a composite similar to the one listed in this section. If you're part of a writing group or class, bring a copy for each colleague.

Intermediate

Interview three practicing lawyers who have been members of the bar for at least ten years. Ask about their likes and dislikes in their on-the-job reading. Ask them to put aside what they do in their own writing and to focus exclusively on their readerly likes and dislikes. Prepare a composite similar to the one listed in this section. If you're part of a writing group or class, bring a copy for each colleague.

Advanced

Do both the Basic and Intermediate exercises. Then write a short essay (1,000 to 1,500 words) reporting your findings.


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© 2001, Bryan A. Garner

These exercises appear in Bryan A. Garner's Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text with Exercises, published by The University of Chicago Press and available at bookstores and on the Web at www.press.uchicago.edu.


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