Description : Just Writing covers the basic principles of good legal writing — including style, grammar, and punctuation — and demonstrates them through numerous examples. The text provides legal writers of all experience levels with tips, techniques, and helpful advice for every step of the process: planning, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. However, Just Writing goes further, guiding students to eloquence in concise legal prose. The text provides valuable resources for English-as-a-Second-Language students and teachers.
Description : This powerful 'how-to' guide focuses exclusively on the proper way to write briefs. Equally useful for independent study alongside standard legal writing text, this short paperback reference gives first-year students the extra help they need to master critical skills. Just Briefs offer instruction that has been proven effective in the classroom:the text is adapted from the authors' successful Legal Writing Handbook, one of the best sellers in the fieldthe authors explain the features unique to brief writing, plus how to apply them in practicethe book uses the straightforward, step-by-step approach that has made the author so successful
Description : This powerful "how-to" guide focuses exclusively on the proper way to write legal memos. Equally useful for independent study or alongside any standard Legal Writing text, JUST MEMOS: From The Legal Writing Handbook, gives first-year students the extra help they need to master this critical skill.This short paperback text offers instruction that has been proven effective in the classroom: - the text is adapted from the authors' THE Legal Writing HANDBOOK, one of the bestsellers in the field - the authors explain the features unique to memo writing, plus how to apply them in practice - introductory chapters explain the basics of the American legal system and the difference between common and enacted law - a chapter on reading and analyzing statutes and cases is followed by three chapters on how to write a memo and an all-new concluding chapter covers client letters - helpful examples of both simple and more complex memoranda give students insight into the expectations for the finished product - uses the straightforward, step-by-step approach that has made the authors' texts so successfulWhen you want information on memo writing, why use a text that covers other material? Direct your students to Just Memos: From The Legal Writing Handbook, by the authors who are known for their exceptional abilities in this area, and see how effective this new reference can be.
Description : The Legal Writing Handbook, Seventh Edition offers an effective process approach to teaching legal writing. The authors take students through each of the necessary stages of the writing process, from pre-writing, drafting, and editing, to the final draft. The authors’ step-by-step approach assures that students will master the writing skills they will need throughout their careers. The Legal Writing Handbook is seven books in one: Book 1 provides students with an introduction to the U.S. Legal System; Book 2 provides an introduction to legal research, with both an introduction to sources and to research strategies; Book 3 introduces students to the process of writing formal and informal memos and opinion letters; Book 4 introduces students to persuasive writing and oral advocacy; Book 5 is a guide to effective writing; Book 6 is a guide to correct writing; and Book 7 focuses on the needs of ESL writers. Key features: Chapters on reading and analyzing statutes and cases, mandatory and persuasive authority, and legal research Research portion has been re-written: There are now discrete chapters that describe primary sources (3), secondary sources (4), finding tools (5), citators (6), and on mandatory and persuasive authority (7) Step-by-step instruction on how to write formal memos, e-memos, and opinion letters Step-by-step instruction on how to write motion and appellate briefs A new section on mastering the sentence structures used in legal writing within ESL chapter. Online Diagnostic Exam for Grammar and Punctuation that grades itself and sends students to the parts of the book they need to review
Description : Lawyers know that client counseling can be the most challenging part of legal practice. Clients question and often resist the complexities and uncertainties inherent in law and legal process. Honest advice from the lawyer can make a client doubt his or her allegiance and zeal. Client backlash may be directed at the lawyer who communicates bad news. Thus, the lawyer may feel torn between the obligation to clearly inform a client about weaknesses in legal positions and fear of damaging the client relationship. Too often, the lawyer struggles to counsel a particularly difficult client, but to no avail. Client Science is written to provide insight and advice to lawyers on how to more effectively communicate with their clients with regard to legal realities and difficult decisions. It will help lawyers with the always-difficult task of delivering "bad news," which will result in better-informed and thus more satisfied clients. The book explains applicable social science research and insights and translates them into plain language relevant to legal practice and client counseling. Marjorie Corman Aaron offers specific suggestions related to a lawyer's ordering, timing, phrasing, and type of explanation, as well as style adjustments for the lawyer's voice, gesture, and body position, all to impact client counseling and to improve the lawyer-client relationship.
Description : Judicial Clerkships: A Practical Guide is a comprehensive guide to working as a judicial clerk. The book explains (1) the role and duties of judicial clerks, (2) how to adapt the writing style used in law school classes and journals for use in the judicial clerkship setting, and (3) the form and content of specific documents written by judicial clerks. The book discusses how to write bench memoranda, opinion drafts, orders, findings of fact and conclusions of law, jury instructions, and letters and other professional correspondence. In addition to explaining how to write specific documents, the book reviews the fundamentals of good writing, research, and citation. It also features chapters on how to apply for clerkships, the different kinds of clerkships, and the ethical responsibilities of clerks. The document-specific chapters all include document review checklists and sample documents. The book is a great resource for law students taking a judicial internship or externship class, law school graduates considering judicial clerkships, and current judicial clerks.