For nearly 130 years, Black’s Law Dictionary has been the gold standard for the language of the law.
The greatly expanded 11th edition, with new material on every page, is at once the most practical, comprehensive, scholarly, and authoritative law dictionary ever published. With clarity and rigor, it defines more than 55,000 law-related words and phrases, recording their historical and present-day nuances. This edition introduces 3,500 new terms, including accountability, anticipatory self-defense, cyber force, Islamic law, Jewish law, legal moralism, legal reasoning, moral equality, peacekeeping, remotely piloted warfare, right to rebel, and umbrella clause. The deluxe edition also includes a premium faux leather cover and thumb-cuts for fast look-ups.
More than 900 Latin maxims have been added, newly translated, and carefully indexed for this edition, making Black’s Law Dictionary the most thorough and reliable source for these essential and often elusive items.
Headwords are given their dates of earliest known use in English-language sources, giving dictionary user’s a greater sense of historical context. Black’s Law Dictionary is the only legal dictionary to provide such data.
The extensive bibliography lists the more than 1,000 classics of legal literature that are briefly quoted throughout the dictionary to amplify the user s understanding of legal terminology. Each of the more than 6,000 quotations locates a critical and otherwise hard-to-find explanation of the terms under discussion.
Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner, the world’s leading legal lexicographer, has assembled an unmatched roster of academic and practicing contributors who have vetted every term for accuracy. Never has such distinguished lineup of legal talent been arrayed in support of legal reference work.
If you’re using an edition that was current when you were in law school, you’re out of date. If you think a dictionary is useful mainly as a doorstop, you haven’t browsed the pages of this 11th edition. Once you do, you’ll find it hard to put down. Within moments, you’ll probably find something you want to cite.
Garner has been editor in chief of Black's Law Dictionary since its seventh edition. After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, he clerked for Judge Thomas M. Reavley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, then practiced at a major firm in Dallas. He then began teaching, first at his alma mater and now at Southern Methodist University School of Law. As an undergraduate, Garner studied linguistics and the English classics at the University of Texas and Oxford. At the University of Texas School of Law, he served as associate editor of the Texas Law Review and began writing A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage. Garner has authored many publications. His works include The Elements of Legal Style, The Winning Brief, Legal Writing in Plain English, Securities Disclosure in Plain English, and many other books and articles. In 2003, The Chicago Manual of Style incorporated his restatement of English grammar into its 15th edition. Garner has been a member of the American Law Institute since 1992, serving as lead reviser on its committee on bylaws and council rules. From 1992 to 1999, he helped restyle federal rules for the U.S. Judicial Conference's Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. He has restyled rules for courts in other states as well, including California and Texas. The Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions recognized his contributions to judicial writing in 1994 with the prestigious Henry C. Lind Award, and in 2005 the Plain Language Institute presented him its Lifetime Achievement Award.