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Eight rules for legal document design – Wayne Scheiss

I recently stumbled upon Wayne Scheiss’s legal-writing blog. He’s the legal-writing instructor at the University of Texas School of Law (my alma mater). Mr. Scheiss has posted a great short-form guide to formatting a legal document. Some of my favorites:

  • Georgia font looks better than Times New Roman (I agree)
  • Wider margins are better: they make the document more readable (but in writing litigation briefs, readability may not be as important to you as court-imposed page limits).
  • Times New Roman 12-point type looks too crowded on the page (especially with one-inch margins).
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