Legal Writing Resources

Appellate Advocacy and Brief Writing:

Effective Oral Argument: Six Pitches, Five Do's, and Five Don'ts from One Judge and Two Lawyers

Northwestern University’s Oyez Project - U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia Database

Amicus Archive - JURIST: The Legal Education Network™ hosts an archive of amicus briefs filed by law professors in appellate cases. This site is provided by Professor Bernard J. Hibbitts, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Recommended Literature:

Writing and Analysis in the Law - by Helene S. Shapo, Marilyn R. Walter, and Elizabeth Fajans

Clear & Effective Legal Writing - by Veda R. Charrow,

The Basics of Legal Writing - by Mary Barnard Ray

General Assistance - Recommended Websites:

Writing Help- A comprehensive legal writing assistance web site that lists help and resources available for a wide variety of topics. Provided by FedLaw.

The Securities and Exchange Commission - A link to download the SEC's guide to writing plain English, A Plain English Handbook: How to Create Clear SEC Disclosure Documents - "The most comprehensive reference publisher on the web, meeting the needs of students, educators, and the intellectually curious." This site provides links to many additional writing resources, including a wonderful book every student should own, The Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr.

On-line Reference Desk - This site bills itself as the "single best source of facts on the web," and it contains a vast collection of legal resources and law-related web site links.

Avoiding Plagiarism:

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law's Plagiarism Handout - What it is and how to avoid it!

Law School Plagiarism v. Proper Attribution - A publication provided by The Legal Writing Institute that contains examples, exercises with an answer key, and hypotheticals for class discussion.