Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Legal Writing

I'm not that great at it. (TWSS)

I received my first graded assignment in law school today. I made mistakes--many , many mistakes. I found out the hard way that in memo, the following are frowned upon:

  • Dashes ( I really didn't know this!)

  • Abbreviating months.

  • Contractions (I knew better but it's a bad habit I've fallen into since the advent of the world wide web.)

  • Complex sentences (I have a habit of combining phrases, clauses and so forth using subordination and conjunction into a huge sentence that my professor doesn't like.)

  • Improper use of contractions and possesive form of proper names ending in "S." (I'm really awful at that. It's embarassing.)

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