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Advanced Legal Writing: Theories and Strategies in Persuasive Writing

ISBN-10: 1454811161
ISBN-13: 9781454811169
Edition: 2012
Authors: Michael R. Smith
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Description: With a practical focus on persuasive writing strategy, Michael R. Smithidentifies and explores three processes of persuasive writing—logos, pathos,and ethos—and provides a thorough introduction to the elements of rhetoricalstyle.Using detailed  More...

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Book details

List price: $90.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Aspen Pub
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 389
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

With a practical focus on persuasive writing strategy, Michael R. Smithidentifies and explores three processes of persuasive writing—logos, pathos,and ethos—and provides a thorough introduction to the elements of rhetoricalstyle.Using detailed how-to guides and plenty of examples, the author’sdistinctive approach to persuasive writing examines:technical aspects of rhetorical style: metaphor, literary allusion,figures of speech, and graphic designthree basic processes of persuasive legal writing strategy:Logos: logic and rational argumentPathos: value-based argumentEthos: establishing credibilityinterdisciplinary contributions to persuasive writing from fields suchas cognitive psychology, classical rhetoric, and morality theoryeffective strategies that extend beyond the trial or appellate brief toa broad range of documents and settingsIn the Second Edition, the reader will find:a new organization that puts a greater emphasis on practice andrelatively less on theory for each of the three processes of persuasivewriting strategya new six-Part organization:I. IntroductionII. Logos StrategiesIII. Pathos StrategiesIV. Ethos StrategiesV. Rhetorical StyleVI. The Ethics and Morality of Persuasioncoverage of new developments in cognitive psychology, Pathospersuasion, and the role of metaphor in persuasive legal writing.the same manageable lengthFor a complete examination of the technique and strategy behind persuasivewriting, Smith’s text strikes the right balance of depth and scope forupper-level legal writing courses.

Summary of Contents
Introductory Matters
About This Book
The Foundations of Persuasion: Logos, Pathos, and Ethos
Logos Strategies
Illustrative Narratives in Rule-Based Analysis
Creating Factor Tests
Pathos Strategies
Evoking Favorable Emotions and Values
Establishing "Legal Plausibility"
Ethos Strategies
Credible Character and Good Will
Evincing Intelligence
Rhetorical Style
Levels of Metaphor in Persuasive Legal Writing
Crafting Effective Metaphors
Literary References for Nonthematic Comparison
Literary References for Borrowed Eloquence
Literary References for Thematic Comparison: Summoning Dreams and Swords
Final Thoughts on Literary References
Other Figures of Speech
The Ethics and Morality of Persuasion
The Ethics and Morality of Persuasion: Justifying the Life of a Professional Advocate

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