Clear And Effective Legal Writing, Fourth Edition / Edition 4

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Overview

In its Fourth Edition, Clear and Effective Legal Writing continues to give students a classic introduction to legal analysis and legal writing. Concise and accessible, the text focuses on memo and brief writing while reinforcing key writing skills. This proven teaching tool provides the student with excellent examples and numerous skill-honing exercises.

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
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As one of the most effective ways to learn good legal writing is to be able to understand and analyze it well, this text emphasizes the analysis of legal language at the same time as it offers examples of good and bad writing. Topics of interest in the first section on analysis include the categories of legal writing, sources of law, the litigation process, and synthesizing the law from a series of cases. Then, after discussing the skills of legal writing, the authors explain how to write specific documents such as intraoffice memoranda, memoranda of points and authorities, and appellate briefs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735552296
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 6/22/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

  1. A Short History of Legal Language
  2. Categories of Legal Writing
  3. Sources of Law and Our System of Courts
  4. The Litigation Process
  5. Reading, Analyzing, and Briefing a Case
  6. Synthesizing the Law from a Series of Cases
  7. A Systematic Approach to Legal Writing
  8. Understanding Your Context
  9. Getting Organized
  10. Writing Clearly
  11. Writing Effectively
  12. Reviewing and Editing
  13. Writing an Intraoffice Memorandum
  14. Writing a Memorandum of Points and Authorities
  15. Writing an Appellate Brief
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