Question: Why Do Lawyers Use Legal Pads?

We call them “legal pads” because when they were first available in 1888 (the year after Bob Blumberg’s grandfather founded our company) a paper mill worker collected the sortings (scraps) from various factories and bound them into pads.

The legal pad became a bedrock tool of legal practice.

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Therefore, Legal Pads generally come in four different sizes: A6 Size: 4-3/25” wide X 5-22/25” long. Junior Legal Size: 5” wide X 8” long. Legal Size: 8-1/2” wide X 14” long.

These large sheets were known as foolscap. Legend has it that lawyers would simply cut the foolscap in half and use the sheets for official documents. Lawyers liked longer paper so that they could take more notes than would fit on a normal page.”

1888The legal pad was invented by a paper mill worker, Thomas Holley, in Massachusetts around 1888. Holley came up with the idea of collecting the tons of paper scraps off the floor of the mill and stitching them together to make pads of paper.

Traditionally, it’s yellow paper with blue horizontal lines and a red vertical line on the left side creating a margin. You can buy them in the length of a legal brief (8 ½” x 14”), but the length of the paper has nothing to do with why we call it a legal pad.

Why do lawyers use yellow paper?

Most lawyers use yellow-colored writing pads because they have to deal with lots of documents, and the handwritten notes on yellow pads stand out among the pile of white-colored documents. The yellow color on paper pads is soothing to the eyes as the paper does not hurt the eyes under bright lights.

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What is law ruled paper?

Wide ruled (or Legal ruled) paper has 11⁄32 in (8.7 mm) spacing between horizontal lines, with a vertical margin drawn about 1 1⁄4 inches (32 mm) from the left-hand edge of the page. It is commonly used by American children in grade school, as well as by those with larger handwriting.

Sizes in United States and Canada The other common size of paper in the US is called legal, or sometimes US legal. It is also ​8 1⁄2 inches wide, but it is 14 inches long. It is similar to the size called foolscap in Britain. Another size is called executive. It is ​7 1⁄4 inches wide by ​10 1⁄2 inches long.

There are lots of choices but the most-used sizes are “Letter” or the short bond paper and the “Legal” or the long bond paper. … For the long bond paper size, use “Legal” which is 8.5″ by 14″.

What is the difference between letter and legal size?

These are terms used to refer to various paper sizes. Letter is 8.5 x 11 inches, Legal is 8.5 x 14 in, and Ledger is 11 x 17 in.

Typically consisting of 50 sheets, the legal pad is lightweight and primarily used for quick, on the fly idea capturing. Not to mention it looks cool as hell and is a celebrity of the note-taking world as it’s starred in every movie that depicts a courtroom scene ever.

That being said, legal pads are not necessarily legal sized (but do come in 8.5 x 14). You will also find them in letter (8.5 x 11) and junior legal (5 x 8) sizes. Here’s a list of all sizing and ruling options available: Legal (letter and legal size): Wide rule (11/32” spacing between lines)

What is a yellow pad?

noun. a scratch pad of yellow, lined paper.