For legal writing content that’s a little more challenging than the posts you’ll find on this blog, check out the Legal Writing Institute’s Legal Writing eJournal over at the Social Science Research Network. To subscribe, all you need to do is create a free SSRN account.
As a subscriber to the Legal Writing eJournal, you’ll receive an e-mail every so often with short abstracts of the newest articles. Whether or not you subscribe, you can browse or search the archives, which currently contain 2,180 articles.
Some of my favorite articles include Homer Simpson Meets the Rule Against Perpetuities: The Controversial Use of Pop-Culture in Legal Writing Pedagogy and [Insert Song Lyrics Here]: The Uses and Misuses of Popular Music Lyrics In Legal Writing. Next up on my reading list: The Lexicon Has Become a Fortress: The United States Supreme Court’s Use of Dictionaries . I’m sure the authors’ appendix of terms defined by the United States Supreme Court will come in handy someday (although it’s a bit out of date by now).