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The Pocket Guide to Legal Writing / Edition 1

The Pocket Guide to Legal Writing / Edition 1

by William H. Putman

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The Pocket Guide to Legal Writing / Edition 1

The Pocket Guide to Legal Writing is designed as a desk book for use by practicing paralegals, legal assistants, attorneys, and students. It is a reference book that allows the user to quickly obtain the answer to many commonly encountered writing questions concerning the following subjects: sentence and paragraph drafting, word selection and usage, spelling, numbers, grammar, punctuation, legal citation, legal correspondence, legal research memoranda, and court briefs. It also includes a chapter on the location of various non fee-based internet and other computer based legal research sources. In addition is a chapter discussing the various time deadlines under federal rules of civil and criminal procedure. The book is color coded so information may be easily located and designed to lie flat on a desk next to a computer. It is written in a non technical manner and designed so that it is easy to understand and use by anyone working in a law office. It includes checklist for use in conjunction with the various types of legal writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401865979
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 08/05/2005
Edition description: SPIRAL
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 266,830
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

William Putman is a lawyer and former instructor in the programs for Legal Assistant Studies at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque and Paralegal Studies at Santa Fe Community College. A member of the New Mexico Bar since 1975, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Sentences and Paragraphs. Chapter 2: Word Selection and Usage, Spelling, and Numbers. Chapter 3: Grammar. Chapter 4: Punctuation. Chapter 5: Legal Citation. Chapter 6: Computer and Internet Research Websites. Chapter 7: Preparing to Write—The Legal Writing Process. Chapter 8: Legal Correspondence. Chapter 9: The Legal Research Memorandum. Chapter 10: Court Briefs. Appendix A: Correspondence. Appendix B: Legal Research Memorandum. Appendix C: Court Briefs. Glossary. Index.

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