Legal Writing Handbook: Practice Book, Fifth Edition / Edition 5

Legal Writing Handbook: Practice Book, Fifth Edition / Edition 5

by Laurel Currie Oates
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0735585180

ISBN-13: 2900735585187

Pub. Date: 07/02/2010

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

The Legal Writing Practice Book is the ideal accompaniment to the Legal Writing Handbook. This comprehensive supplement contains:

  • hundreds of class-tested exercises to help students practice their skills while reinforcing their understanding of the material
  • an accessible format with perforated pages that

Overview

The Legal Writing Practice Book is the ideal accompaniment to the Legal Writing Handbook. This comprehensive supplement contains:

  • hundreds of class-tested exercises to help students practice their skills while reinforcing their understanding of the material
  • an accessible format with perforated pages that make it easy to use for both class assignments and individual study
  • an answer key for all the exercises cross-referenced to The Legal Writing Handbook, Fourth Edition, including short explanations about why a given answer is recommended
  • new exercises for English as a second language

Key topics covered in the Legal Writing Practice Book include:

  • paragraph length
  • topic and concluding sentences
  • active/passive voices
  • transitions
  • creating emphasis
  • conciseness
  • fragments
  • grammar
  • punctuation

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900735585187
Publisher:
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication date:
07/02/2010
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
323

Table of Contents

BOOK 1: AN INTRODUCTION TO LAW (There are no research exercises for Book 1)

BOOK 2: INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL RESEARCH AND OBJECTIVE AND ADVISORY WRITING


Chapter 6 Exercises: Research Involving State Statutes

  • State Practice Manuals
  • Hornbooks and Nutshells
  • Google
  • State Statutes: The Names of State Codes
  • State Regulations: The Names of State Administrative Codes
  • Locating State Statutes
  • The Names of State Reporters
  • Locating Cases in State and Regional Reporters
  • Research Exercise


Chapter 9 Exercises: Research Involving State Common Law

  • Background Reading
  • Digests
  • Reporter
  • Research Exercise


Chapter 12 Exercises: Research Involving Federal Statutes and Regulations

  • Background Reading
  • Federal Statutes
  • Federal Regulations
  • Locating Cases That Discuss the Constitutionality of a Statute
  • Sources for U.S. Supreme Court Decisions
  • Sources for Law Review Articles
  • Research Exercise


Chapter 15: Research Involving Local Law

  • City Charters
  • Municipal Ordinances
  • Simple Research Exercise
  • More Complicated Research Exercise

BOOK 3: INTRODUCTION TO PERSUASIVE WRITING AND ORAL ADVOCACY (There are no research exercises for Book 3)

BOOK 4: A GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE AND CORRECT WRITING

Part I: Guide to Effective Writing


Chapter 22: Effective Paragraphs

  • Paragraph Length
  • Topic Sentences
  • Paragraph Blocks


Chapter 23: Connections Between Sentences

  • Generic Transitions
  • Dovetailing


Chapter 24: Effective Sentences

  • Active and Passive Voice
  • Passive Voice
  • Concrete Subjects
  • Action Verbs
  • Subject-Verb Distance
  • Sentence Length
  • Emphasis
  • Single Word Emphasizers
  • Changing Word Order
  • Breaking a Pattern


Chapter 25: Effective Words

  • Word Choice
  • Appropriate Comparisons
  • Subject-Verb-Object Combinations
  • Conciseness
  • Legales
  • Gender-Neutral Language
  • Bias-Free Language

Part II: Guide to Correct Writing


Chapter 27: Grammar

  • Fragments
  • Verb Tense
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Pronoun Agreement
  • Ambiguous Pronouns
  • Broad Pronoun Reference
  • Pronoun Antecedents
  • Modifier Placement
  • Misplaced Modifiers
  • Dangling Modifiers
  • Parallelism


Chapter 28: Punctuation

  • Commas
  • Semicolons
  • Colons
  • Apostrophes
  • Other Marks of Punctuation
  • Hyphens
  • Comma Splices and Fused Sentences

BOOK 6: LEGAL WRITING FOR ENGLISH-AS-A-SECOND LANGUAGE STUDENTS


Chapter 30: English-as-a-Second-Language Grammar

  • Count and Non-count Nouns
  • Articles: A, An, The
  • Auxiliary, or Helping, Verbs

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