The Legal Writing Handbook: Practice Book, Fourth Edition / Edition 4

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735556584
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 4/2/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 914
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

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


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)


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


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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