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Building A Tower Of Babel Or Building A Discipline? Talking About Legal Writing, Terrill Pollman Jan 2002

Building A Tower Of Babel Or Building A Discipline? Talking About Legal Writing, Terrill Pollman

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High-quality writing is one of the crafts most necessary to a successful career in law. Mature legal professionals, lawyers, judges, and law professors write every day. Often, they write cooperatively--editing and redrafting a shared document. Nevertheless, those trained in the law may lack a common language that enables them to talk with each other about writing. Like the workers building the tower in the biblical story of Babel, legal professionals sometimes find themselves unable to communicate about their work.

Unlike most subjects in the legal academy, legal writing has emerged as an area of serious study in law schools only …