Legal Writing in Plain English

Author: Bryan A. Garner
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226284182
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Admirably clear, concise, down-to-earth, and powerful-unfortunately, these adjectives rarely describe legal writing, whether in the form of briefs, opinions, contracts, or statutes. In Legal Writing in Plain English, Bryan A. Garner provides lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and legal scholars sound advice and practical tools for improving their written work. The book encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills. In essence, it teaches straight thinking—a skill inseparable from good writing. Replete with common sense and wit, the book draws on real-life writing samples that Garner has gathered through more than a decade of teaching in the field. Trenchant advice covers all types of legal materials, from analytical and persuasive writing to legal drafting. Meanwhile, Garner explores important aspects of document design. Basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises in each section reinforce the book's principles. (An answer key to basic exercises is included in the book; answers to intermediate and advanced exercises are provided in a separate Instructor's Manual, free of charge to instructors.) Appendixes include a comprehensive punctuation guide with advice and examples, and four model documents. Today more than ever before, legal professionals cannot afford to ignore the trend toward clear language shorn of jargon. Clients demand it, and courts reward it. Despite the age-old tradition of poor writing in law, Legal Writing in Plain English shows how legal writers can unshackle themselves. Legal Writing in Plain English includes: *Tips on generating thoughts, organizing them, and creating outlines. *Sound advice on expressing your ideas clearly and powerfully. *Dozens of real-life writing examples to illustrate writing problems and solutions. *Exercises to reinforce principles of good writing (also available on the Internet). *Helpful guidance on page layout. *A punctuation guide that shows the correct uses of every punctuation mark. *Model legal documents that demonstrate the power of plain English.

Legal Writing Ethical and Professional Considerations

Author: Melissa H. Weresh
Publisher: LexisNexis
ISBN: 032717868X
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book is designed to supplement a Legal Writing course, Ethics course, or Clinical course. The Second Edition of Legal Writing: Ethical and Professional Considerations tracks the types of documents typically produced in a first-year legal writing course. The book identifies ethical rules and professional concerns which pertain to the particular type of document and introduces cases illustrating how the rules should influence lawyers' behavior when preparing and submitting documents. It also contains notes designed to reinforce students' understanding of how the rules should impact them as they communicate professionally in writing. Contents include: • Chapter 1: Attorney Regulation: Sources of Ethical and Professional Considerations • Chapter 2: Engaging the Client-Conflicts • Chapter 3: E-Mail Communications • Chapter 4: Predictive Memoranda • Chapter 5: Client Letters • Chapter 6: Demand Letters • Chapter 7: Complaints • Chapter 8: Appellate Briefs • Chapter 9: Drafted Documents This eBook features links to Lexis Advance for further legal research options.

Legal Writing

Author: Lisa Webley
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131755499X
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Legal Writing guides students comprehensively through this vital legal skill and addresses a range of assessment methods from exam questions to final essays and problem answers. It considers how to deconstruct essay and problem questions and how to conduct and apply legal research to answer set questions. Lisa Webley explains how to reference others' work clearly and correctly, making this book a useful tool for students concerned about issues of plagiarism. It also focuses on how to develop critical thinking and communicate legal arguments, with both good and bad examples of written work considered and discussed in the text. Legal Writing is particularly useful for undergraduate students, especially at the beginning of degree studies, and for GDL and CPE students too. This fully revised fourth edition includes: Guidance on the avoidance of plagiarism including examples of poor practice and best practice. Worked examples throughout the text, including guidance on deciphering essay questions in exams and coursework, along with additional examples from across the legal curriculum on the companion website. An improved companion website with increased guidance for revision to allow students to test their progress and further engage with the topics in the book. Clearly written and easy to use, Legal Writing enables students to fully engage with essay and exam writing as a vital foundation to their undergraduate degree.

Legal Writing

Author: Richard K. Neumann Jr.
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 1454860065
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Legal Writing, 3E is written in a engaging style with the authors explaining analytical writing in a concise, friendly, and accessible way. Legal Writing, 3E includes outstanding coverage on organizing analysis according to the CREAC formula (also known as the paradigm), the writing process, storytelling techniques, rule analysis, statutory interpretation, and professionalism. In addition, the book has a dynamic website that includes Sheila Simon's famed lasagna and other exercises together with checklists and other learning tools. Key Features: Expanded coverage of professional email New sample documents: office memo, client letter, and motion memo Revised chapters on legal rules, statutory interpretation, point headings Expanded chapters on selecting authority, questions presented, and standards of review New chapters on client counseling and interviewing New, expanded, and updated exercises Redesigned with a new and attractive layout and typography throughout the book

Legal Writing

Author: Linda H. Edwards
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 1454897805
Format: PDF, ePub
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Legal Writing: Process, Analysis, and Organization, Seventh Edition by the 2017 Burton Award recipient and renowned author, Linda Edwards, is the only legal writing text that uses a process approach, presenting writing as a logical sequence of steps. Streamlined to meet the needs of today’s students, the Seventh Edition uses adult learning theory concepts and a “flipped classroom” approach to add even greater focus and efficiency to classroom and study time. Key Features: New Chapter (4) on working with statutes. Updated chapter on citation Improved coverage of brief-writing Streamlined chapter on letter writing to better meet the need of a first-year course. Modern process approach, with streamlined content for better absorption by students Clear and informal language Helpful appendices offering sample of office memos, sample letters, and appellate briefs.

Legal Writing for International Students

Author: Susan Reid
Publisher: Peconic Press
ISBN: 9780976817604
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Legal writing instruction, including contracts, briefs, "irac" format/Readings and writings in legal contexts/Essay structure and rhetorical modes/Business letter writing, including sample letters and useful phrases/Reading and vocabulary building strategies/Law school reading and writing preparation/Writing a research paper for law school or law journals

Writing to Win

Author: Steven D. Stark
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 0307888746
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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From a master teacher, a results-oriented approach to powerful legal writing that communicates, that persuades--and that wins. Of all the professions, the law has the most deserved reputation for opaque, jargon-clogged writing. Legal education, which focuses on judicial opinions, not instruments of persuasion, is partly to blame. Yet forceful writing is one of the most potent weapons of legal advocacy. In Writing to Win, Steve Stark, a former teacher of writing at Harvard Law, who has taught thousands of aspiring and practicing lawyers, has written the only book on the market that applies the universal principles of vigorous prose to the job of making a case--and winning it. Writing to Win focuses on the writing of lawyers, not judges, and includes dozens of examples of effective (and ineffective) real-life writing--as well as models drawn from advertising, journalism, and fiction. It deals with the problems lawyers face in writing, from organization to strengthening and editing prose; teaches ways of improving arguments; addresses litigation and technical writing in all its forms; and covers the writing attorneys must perform in their practice, from memos and letters to briefs and contracts. Each chapter opens with a succinct set of rules for easy reference. No other legal writing book on the market is as practical, as focused on results, as well written as Writing to Win. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Examples Explanations for Legal Writing

Author: Terrill Pollman
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 1454846631
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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A favorite among successful students, and often recommended by professors, the unique Examples & Explanations series gives you extremely clear introductions to concepts followed by realistic examples that mirror those presented in the classroom throughout the semester. Use at the beginning and midway through the semester to deepen your understanding through clear explanations, corresponding hypothetical fact patterns, and analysis. Then use to study for finals by reviewing the hypotheticals as well as the structure and reasoning behind the accompanying analysis. Designed to complement your casebook, the trusted Examples & Explanations titles get right to the point in a conversational, often humorous style that helps you learn the material each step of the way and prepare for the exam at the end of the course. The unique, time-tested Examples & Explanations series is invaluable to teach yourself the subject from the first day of class until your last review before the final. Each guide: helps you learn new material by working through chapters that explain each topic in simple language challenges your understanding with hypotheticals similar to those presented in class provides valuable opportunity to study for the final by reviewing the hypotheticals as well as the structure and reasoning behind the corresponding analysis quickly gets to the point in conversational style laced with humor remains a favorite among law school students is often recommended by professors who encourage the use of study guides works with ALL the major casebooks, suits any class on a given topic provides an alternative perspective to help you understand your casebook and in-class lectures

Legal Writing in Plain English Second Edition

Author: Bryan A. Garner
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022603139X
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Admirably clear, concise, down-to-earth, and powerful—all too often, legal writing embodies none of these qualities. Its reputation for obscurity and needless legalese is widespread. Since 2001 Bryan A. Garner’s Legal Writing in Plain English has helped address this problem by providing lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and legal scholars with sound advice and practical tools for improving their written work. Now the leading guide to clear writing in the field, this indispensable volume encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process that will appeal to other professionals: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills. Accessible and witty, Legal Writing in Plain English draws on real-life writing samples that Garner has gathered through decades of teaching experience. Trenchant advice covers all types of legal materials, from analytical and persuasive writing to legal drafting, and the book’s principles are reinforced by sets of basic, intermediate, and advanced exercises in each section. In this new edition, Garner preserves the successful structure of the original while adjusting the content to make it even more classroom-friendly. He includes case examples from the past decade and addresses the widespread use of legal documents in electronic formats. His book remains the standard guide for producing the jargon-free language that clients demand and courts reward.