This inaugural edition of the Short & Happy Guide to Legal Writing provides a full concept of the history and practice of legal writing in the briefest of formats. The author recounts the theory of written laws from our British roots to the present American legal court system. The guide then transitions into teaching the framework and construction of written legal communication, explaining the underlying theory of citation and how to read precedent opinions. Complete with samples of case briefing, a useful paradigm for organizing predictive and persuasive analyses, complete interoffice and e-memos, annotated examples of real appellate briefs, and more, this book packs a big punch in a small footprint.


Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Short & Happy Guides
Publication Date: 01/28/2019

Deborah L. Borman

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“Simplifying and streamlining the first-year legal writing curriculum into a short book is no easy task, and Professor Borman has done an impressive job. Her passion and love for teaching legal writing shine through. Her humor, apparent. These qualities engage the reader through what is often described as “awful or terrible” topics. (Fortunately, we legal writing professors know otherwise!). Professor Borman’s book should be on every legal writing and academic success professional’s bookshelf, not only for the laughs but to share with those who might benefit from a short and happy approach to legal writing.”
Read full review at Legal Writing Journal, March 15, 2020