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Lawyers Must Write Clearly and Concisely

Posted by on 09/02/2010 at 02:39 PM

"Writing" Down the House

Michele Norris of NPR recently interviewed novelist Richard North Patterson.  Before becoming a published novelist, he had been a lawyer.  When asked, by Norris, why so many lawyers become writers, Mr. Patterson responded, in part, that lawyers arrange messy facts into pleasing narratives.  He stressed that lawyers must write clearly and concisely.  Ms. Norris pushed back by suggesting that legal writing doesn’t resemble English.  In response, Mr. Patterson said that such writing is "bad legal writing." Your Legal Methods professors will love hearing that.   :-)

You can access the interview at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128619794