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Legal Writing & Legal Drafting: Guide to Resources

Introduction

Legal writing  is a different style of writing, one that demands precision and eloquence while adhering to formal styles. It requires the analysis of fact patterns, the application of  legal reasoning along with the research and application of legal precedents. This guide aims to lead users to resources that inform them on legal analysis and legal writing in a variety of contexts.

Legal drafting is "the practice, technique, or skill involved in preparing legal documents--such as statutes, rules, regulations, contracts, and wills--that set forth the rights, duties, liabilities, and entitlements of persons and legal entities."  [Drafting, Black's Law Dictionary (Abridged 7th ed.,2000). This guide will highlight selected treatises on legal drafting and lead users to selected legal forms and drafting resources.