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Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers

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Now there is a comprehensive, easy-to-use reference text for legal writers who want to refresh or refine their knowledge of mechanics and style. Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers: A Practical Reference contains all the information fledgling legal writers need, in an extremely accessible format.

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Overview

Now there is a comprehensive, easy-to-use reference text for legal writers who want to refresh or refine their knowledge of mechanics and style. Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers: A Practical Reference contains all the information fledgling legal writers need, in an extremely accessible format.

These features make Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers a useful companion to any legal writing text:

  • brief and accessible reference concentrates on mechanics and style
  • focus on the rules of grammar, style, and usage, with examples and coverage targeted to the needs of legal writers by an author with years of experience teaching legal writing and beginning legal writers
  • important section on Legal Documents offers tips and strategies to improve legal writing, as well as samples of a letter, memorandum, trial brief, appellate brief, and a transactional document
  • numerous helpful examples of both good and bad writing
  • practical approach assists students in solving common problems and dilemmas, such as substitutions for 'legalese,' lists of commonly used legal idioms, spelling help, advice on organization and the legal writing process, a description of common legal blunders, proofreading, and document design
  • small trim size, comb binding, clear organization, two-color printing, and helpful design elements that highlight important information make the book easy to carry and consult
  • helpful appendices include Citation Form with both Bluebook and ALWD examples, English as a Second Language, Glossary of Terms, and Glossary of Usage
  • CD-ROM with supplemental exercises is available for instructors who want additional exercises for class use

Packed with information designed to encourage the novice legal writer, the text also includes:

  • websites for each topic
  • Tips and Strategies in each chapter to highlight key topics
  • Challenge Exercises in each chapter that allow readers to test their mastery of the material
  • Brief Table of Contents on the inside front cover and Writing Checklist on the inside back cover for fast reference
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735545885
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: SPIRAL
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents xi
Foreword xxi
Help for Writers xxiii
Acknowledgments xxv
Section 1 The Mechanics of Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling 1
Chapter 1 Grammar 3
Chapter 2 Punctuation 29
Chapter 3 Spelling 51
Section 2 Features of Effective Legal Writing and Organization 69
Chapter 4 Features of Effective Legal Writing 71
Chapter 5 Organization and the Writing Process 109
Section 3 Legal Documents, Legal Conventions, and Common Legal Writing Blunders 119
Chapter 6 Legal Correspondence 121
Chapter 7 Legal Memoranda 143
Chapter 8 Legal Briefs 157
Chapter 9 Pleadings and Transactional Documents 177
Chapter 10 Legal Conventions and Legal Writing Blunders 195
Section 4 Postwriting Steps and Document Design 203
Chapter 11 Postwriting Steps 205
Chapter 12 Document Design 213
Appendix A Citation Form 221
Appendix B English as a Second Language 235
Appendix C Sample Appellate Court Brief 245
Appendix D Answer Keys to Challenges 265
Appendix E Glossary of Terms 277
Appendix F Glossary of Usage 283
Index 297
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