Typography for Lawyers is Great Book for Self Represented Litigants Too

“If Matthew Butterick didn’t exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” From the Foreword by Bryan A. Garner

Based on the popular website, Typography for Lawyers is the first guide to the essentials of typography aimed specifically at lawyers. Author Matthew Butterick, an attorney and Harvard-trained typographer, dispels the myth that legal documents are incompatible with excellent typography. Butterick explains how to get professional results with the tools you already have quickly and easily. Topics include special keyboard characters, line length, point size, font choice, headings, and hyphenation. The book also includes tutorials on specific types of documents like résumés, research memos, and motions.

Below are top ten takeaways from the book via the Lawyerist.

1. Use Only One Space Between Sentences

2. Never Underline

3. Don’t Use Monospaced Fonts

4. Don’t Use Arial Font, and Try An Alternative to Times New Roman

5. Don’t Use Superscripted Ordinals

6. Turn on Kerning

7. Use Curly Quotes Instead of Straight Quotes

8. Both Left or Full Justification are Acceptable, but Turn on Hyphenation if You Use Full Justification

9. Use Line Lengths of 45–90 Characters

10. Use Left and Right Page Margins of No Less Than 1.5

For a more in depth analysis of the above top ten takeaways, check at the full descriptions at https://lawyerist.com/91911/10-takeaways-typography-lawyers