United States Legal Language and Culture An Introduction to the U. S. Common Law System

ISBN-10: 0199895457
ISBN-13: 9780199895458
Edition: 3rd 2013
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Description: InLegal English, experienced educators and professors Teresa Kissane Brostoff and Ann Sinsheimer answer the needs of law students and non-English speaking lawyers who are unfamiliar with the use of English in legal settings. They introduce readers  More...

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List price: $73.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/17/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

InLegal English, experienced educators and professors Teresa Kissane Brostoff and Ann Sinsheimer answer the needs of law students and non-English speaking lawyers who are unfamiliar with the use of English in legal settings. They introduce readers into a new world of study of the law by carefully guiding them through the vital skills and techniques they will need to feel comfortable and proficient in English-speaking and American legal culture.Through the exercises in this book, readers will gain proficiency reading and understanding case law and statutes. Brostoff and Sinsheimer teach effective techniques for predicting an answer to a legal problem and for persuading an audience of a particular legal perspective. Each new problem presented in the text will also provide readers with an introduction to different practice areas in the law, giving students ample preparation for their first year of law school classes or for their LLM studies. By teaching students how to master both the English language and legal concepts and ideas, Professors Brostoff and Sinsheimer enable students and non-American attorneys to better communicate their ideas and analysis of law both verbally and in writing, using their new-found understanding of the language and culture of American law.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Law School Classroom
Skills
Conversation Skills
Assignment
Your Role in the Law School Classroom
Listening to a Lecture
Exercise
Matching Exercise
Active Listening
Participating in Classroom Discussions
Defining/Explaining a Term or Concept
Techniques for Defining/Explaining a Term or Concept
English Stress Patterns
Stress within Words and Phrases-Part 1
Exercise
Stress within English Sentences-Part 2
Exercise
Using Stress for Special Purposes-Part 3
Exercise
Articles
Article Exercise
Preparing Presentations
Presentation-Peer Review
Exam Taking
Culture Shock
Symptoms
Stages of Culture Shock
Culture Shock and Law School
Understanding Your Needs and Motives
How to Fight Culture Shock
Law School Slang Vocabulary
Law School Vocabulary Exercise
The Legal System
The U.S. Legal System
American Legal System
The Constitution
Governmental Structure
The Judicial Branch of Government
Structure of U.S. Court System
The Executive Branch of Government
The Legislative Branch of Government
Federal System of Government; State System of Government
Federal Court System
State Court System
The Corpus Juris Game
Matching Exercise
Reading and Briefing Cases
Reading Cases
Briefing Cases
Exercise
Groner v. Hedrick
Groner Vocabulary
The Groner Quiz
Verb Vocabulary
Exercise
Pavlicic v. Vogtsherger
Pavlicic Vocabulary
Using the Law to Predict and Persuade
Using Cases
Niederman v. Brodsky
Niederman Vocabulary
Drafting the Legal Memorandum
Purpose of the Legal Memorandum
Your Audience
Parts of a Legal Memorandum
Using Predictive Language
Language of Prediction
Positive Prediction Language
Negative Prediction Language
Exercise: Using a Case as Precedent
Case Analysis: Applying the Rule to the Facts
Using Statutes
Reading Statutes
Exercise: Aggravated Assault Hypothetical
Pennsylvania Statutes (Selected)
In the Interest of D.S.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Scott
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Bryant
Matching Exercise
Synthesizing Cases
Synthesizing Cases
Rule of Law Chart
Synthesis Chart
Exercise: Is There a Duty to Aid?
Exercise: Write Your Own Analysis
Yania v. Bigan
Restatement (Second) of Torts � 314
City of Philadelphia v. Estate of Dennis
Rankin v. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
Yania and Rankin Vocabulary
Refining Your Skills: Article Exercise
Matching Exercise
Appellate Advocacy
Appellate Briefs
Cover Page
Question Presented for Review
Table of Contents
Table of Authorities
Statement of Jurisdiction
Constitutional Provisions, Treaties, Statutes, or Regulations Involved
Statement of the Case
Summary of the Argument
Argument
The Conclusion
General Tips
Exercise: Appellate Brief Writing
Miller v. Alabama-The Case under Review
Atkins v. Virginia
Atkins Vocabulary
Roper v. Simmons
Roper Vocabulary
Graham v. Florida
Graham Vocabulary
General Law School Vocabulary Exercise
Oral Argument
Checklist for Preparing for Oral Argument
Checklist for Giving Your Oral Argument
Advocacy for International Arbitration
Exercise: Giving the Oral Argument
International Arbitration Exercise
CISG Problem
Case Law
Oral Arguments in the Case of Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education
Client Interviews and Negotiation
Client Interview
Exercise
Pugh v. Holmes
Glickman Real Estate Development v. Korf
Feld v. Merriam
Reider v. Martin
Landlord/Tenant Vocabulary (from Pugh, Glickman, Feld, and Reider)
Negotiation Exercise
Negotiation
General Negotiating Information
Tenant's Confidential Information
Landlord's Confidential Information
Negotiation Vocabulary
Exercise: Negotiation Terms
Matching Exercise
Independent Writing and Research
Working Independently
Writing a Seminar Paper
Exercise
Analyzing and Researching a Legal Problem
Exercise: Internet Scavenger Hunt
Legal Citation Form
The Bluebook
Basic Citation Forms
Case Citation (Rule 10)
Statute and Restatement Citation (Rule 12, Table 1)
Statute
Restatement of the Law (Rule 12.9.5)
Periodicals (Rule 16)
Consecutively Paginated Journals
Nonconsecutively Paginated Journals
Newspapers
Books (Rule 15)
Appendices
Glossary
Pennsylvania and U.S. Constitutions
Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Constitution of the United States of America
Sample Case Brief and Memoranda
Groner v. Hedrick
Memorandum
Sample Appellate Briefs
Appendix E
Neff v. Lasso
Sample Student Memo on International Arbitration Exercise
Davis V. Monroe County Board of Education Opinion
Answer Key
Matching Exercise (page 12)
Article Exercise (page 28)
Law School Vocabulary Exercise (page 45)
The Corpus Juris Game (page 53)
Matching Exercise (page 55)
Groner Quiz (page 67)
Vocabulary Matching Exercise (page 130)
Refining Your Skills: Article Exercise (page 151)
Matching Exercise (page 152)
General Law School Vocabulary Exercise (page 198)
Negotiation Terms Exercise (page 266)
Matching Exercise (page 267)
Internet Scavenger Hunt (page 277)

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