Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers

Author: Deborah E. Bouchoux
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 1454888105
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The Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers, a brief and accessible reference on mechanics and style, is a useful companion to any legal writing text. Targeted at the needs of legal writers, the text initially focuses on the rules of grammar, style, and usage — with plenty of examples. A section on Legal Documents offers strategies to improve legal writing, with sample letters, memorandum, case brief, trial brief, and appellate brief. Numerous, helpful examples showcase both good and bad writing.

Advanced Legal Writing

Author: Michael R. Smith
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 1454819170
Format: PDF, ePub
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With a practical focus on persuasive writing strategies, Advanced Legal Writing: Theory and Strategies in Persuasive Writing explores three classical techniques: logos, pathos, and ethos, and provides students with a thorough introduction to the elements of rhetorical style. Unlike many other advanced legal writing texts, which tend to focus on a document-specific approach, this unique coursebook focuses on classical writing strategies that students can apply to a wide range of settings. The depth and scope of this text make it appropriate for upper-level legal writing courses. The Third Edition has been expanded to include the use of movies and other popular culture media in chapters dealing with literary references. There have also been substantial revisions to the chapter on policy. Features: Comprehensive coverage of the technical aspects of rhetorical style: metaphor, literary allusion, and figures of speech. Emphasizes theory as well as practice, building on three basic strategies of persuasive legal writing: Logos: Logic and rational argument. o Pathos: Value-based argument. Ethos: Establishing credibility. Highlights interdisciplinary contributions to persuasive writing from diverse fields, including cognitive psychology, classical rhetoric, and morality theory. Presents effective strategies that extend beyond the trial or appellate brief to a broad range of documents and settings. Covers new developments in cognitive psychology, pathos, persuasion, and the role of metaphor in persuasive legal writing. Depth and scope appropriate for upper-level legal writing classes. Thoroughly updated, the revised Third Edition offers: Substantial revisions to the chapter on policy. Expanded chapters on literary references now include other media, e.g., movies and other pop culture platforms.

Legal Drafting

Author: Susan L. Brody
Publisher: Company Law & Business
ISBN: 9780735516939
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This dynamic paperback text presents a highly effective, classroom-tested process for legal drafting. Prepared with this practical strategy, students will move beyond merely filling in the blanks to create the customized documents clients need, and adapt preexisting forms to new uses. Divided into two parts, the text first introduces the process approach to legal drafting before applying that approach to particular types of documents. This two-part organization easily adapts to your specific course needs and gives you great flexibility in choosing and combining chapters. The book's seven chapters cover an introduction to legal drafting, the process of legal drafting, careful writing, and drafting estate planning, contracts, pleadings, and legislation. In addition, numerous examples, illustrations, and exercises in every chapter reinforce the skills your students need to draft provisions from scratch, edit existing provisions, and create entirely new documents. Each substantive chapter concludes with a document, annotated with editorial comments that illustrates the drafting process.

The Handbook for the New Legal Writer

Author: Jill Barton
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 1454847484
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The Handbook for the New Legal Writer teaches the concepts and skills covered in the two-semester 1L legal writing and research course in a way that meets the needs of today's millennial law students. The focus of this new coursebook is on showing, not telling, students how to write effective legal documents. The authors provide practical instruction on the basic writing and research tasks an attorney does daily. The text covers objective writing, persuasive writing, and legal research and citation using a "handbook" format, which allows easy access to key information. It also provide the option of using the book as a reference tool later in law practice.

Tort Law for Paralegals

Author: Neal R. Bevans
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 1543801250
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Here is broad coverage of all the key topics in tort law that paralegals need to know, written in an engaging style with plenty of examples and illustrations. With an understanding of how law firms function in the real world, students develop practical skills¿assessing cases for settlement value, investigating claims, billing hours, evaluating insurance policies, and more. One hypothetical case runs through Tort Law for Paralegals, providing a coherent framework for illustrating a multitude of topics. Forms and court documents relevant to this case are included in the appendix. A well-developed pedagogy features chapter objectives; “Issue at a Glance” boxes that summarize important legal concepts; marginal definitions; a wealth of figures, tables, and diagrams; Key Terms, Review Questions, and “Applying What You Have Learned” exercises; case excerpts; and features that prepare students for their jobs such as “Skills You Need in the Real World,” “Life of a Paralegal,” and a list of Web sites for gathering more information. Ethical issues are highlighted, with a separate section on ethics at the end of each chapter.

Evidence

Author: David P. Leonard
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 145487886X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Evidence: A Structured Approach offers a unique, structured approach facilitates learning and motivates students to prepare for class. One Federal Rule of Evidence introduces each section, followed by text explaining the background, rationale, and details of the rule. The text includes numerous diagrams as visual aids to learning and short transcripts that illustrate how the rules are applied in the courtroom. The authors emphasize the rules over cases, but include edited versions of some judicial opinions, including the seminal cases that every lawyer should know. The heart of the “structured approach” is the Questions for Classroom Discussion, which follow the narrative explanation for each rule. These questions consist of simple hypothetical cases allowing for a step-by-step analysis of each rule. Because students know what will be the focus of class discussion, they quickly learn that preparation pays off. The book’s website allows students to download the questions directly into their notes before class, freeing students to spend more time listening and thinking while in class.

Just Writing

Author: Anne Enquist
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 1454888075
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Just Writing covers the basic principles of good legal writing — including style, grammar, and punctuation — and demonstrates them through numerous examples. The text provides legal writers of all experience levels with tips, techniques, and helpful advice for every step of the process: planning, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. However, Just Writing goes further, guiding students to eloquence in concise legal prose. The text provides valuable resources for English-as-a-Second-Language students and teachers.

Paralegal Litigation

Author: Marcy Fawcett-Delesandri
Publisher: Aspen Publishers Online
ISBN: 0735516766
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Written by Marcy Fawcett -- a veteran paralegal who directed document control in the massive defense case of the MGM Grand Hotel fire, as well as the Continental Airlines bankruptcy filing - Paralegal Litigation Forms and Procedures supplies you with all the discovery documents, complaints, answers, motions, checklists, and jury instructions you need to confidently handle all aspects of litigation.You'll find valuable analysis, explanations, and commentary, as well as in-depth coverage of such topics as interrogatories, motions, demand letters, calendaring and docket control, and file management.

Civil Procedure

Author: Joseph W. Glannon
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 1454886358
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Civil Procedure: A Coursebook provides solid scholarship but does not hide the ball. The book’s accessibility, organization, and interior design support its innovative pedagogy. New to the Third Edition: Recent (Dec. 1, 2015) rule amendments abrogate the federal forms and make important changes to the discovery rules. This edition reflects both sets of changes and includes provocative new materials on the revitalized proportionality standard of discovery and the ethical requirements for competency in electronic discovery, in addition to other smaller updates.

Legal Research in a Nutshell

Author: Morris L. Cohen
Publisher: West Academic
ISBN: 9780314180070
Format: PDF, Docs
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The Internet has dramatically affected the way legal research is conducted, but finding and using legal resources effectively remains an essential skill for lawyers. This comprehensive but succinct guide covers major primary and secondary sources, including major web resources such as THOMAS and PACER as well as online databases and library materials. Discussion includes coverage of legislative history, administrative law, practice and specialized resources, and research in international and comparative law.