Clear and Effective Legal Writing

ISBN-10: 0735552290
ISBN-13: 9780735552296
Edition: 4th 2007 (Revised)
List price: $88.00
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Description: Offering comprehensive coverage from case synthesis and case briefing to preparing Supreme Court briefs, this text: - starts with an overview of legal analysis, and then walks students through the writing process: understanding context, organizing  More...

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Book details

List price: $88.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication date: 6/22/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 469
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

Offering comprehensive coverage from case synthesis and case briefing to preparing Supreme Court briefs, this text: - starts with an overview of legal analysis, and then walks students through the writing process: understanding context, organizing effectively, writing clearly and effectively, and reviewing and editing - describes differences between legal language and ordinary discourse, and the linguistic theory underlying the origins of legal language - seamlessly combines legal reasoning with legal writing and helps the student understand the relationship between the two - provides straightforward rules for writing effective legal documents, with scores of examples of the good, the bad, and the humorous - includes numerous exercises throughout the book to help students reinforce their skills - dissects and annotates actual trial court memoranda and Supreme Court briefs highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each example - provides an insightful interview with the Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States on what the Court expects to see in brief and the assistance that his office provides to all litigants appearing before the Court - shows how to transform a memorandum into an advocacy document - provides guidance for writing well in an appendix with overview of English sentence structure New to the Fourth Edition: - updated examples throughout - an updated legal process portion taking into account changes in law and updating examples - a new set of Supreme Court briefs with annotations - additional material addressing how the Internet is affecting court filings and formatting Updated and including important new materials, Clear and Effective Legal Writing, Fourth Edition, continues to provide students with a systematic approach to effective legal writing.

Short History of Legal Language
Categories of Legal Writing
Sources of Law and Our System of Courts
The Litigation Process
Reading, Analyzing, and Briefing a Case
Synthesizing the Law from a Series of Cases
A Systematic Approach to Legal Writing
Understanding Your Context
Getting Organized
Writing Clearly
Writing Effectively
Reviewing and Editing
Writing an Intraoffice Memorandum
Writing a Memorandum of Points and Authorities
Writing an Appellate Brief

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