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Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers: A Practical Reference 3RD ED


ISBN13: 9781454825203
Published: October 2013
Publisher: Aspen Publishers
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Spiral Bound
Price: £36.00



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The Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers, a brief and accessible reference on mechanics and style, is a useful companion to any legal writing text. Targeted at the needs of legal writers, the text focuses on the rules of grammar, style, and usage―with plenty of examples.

A section on Legal Documents offers strategies to improve legal writing, with a sample letter, memorandum, trial brief and appellate brief. Numerous, helpful examples showcase both good and bad writing. This practical approach helps law students with common problems and dilemmas: substitutions for “legalese,” lists of commonly used legal idioms, spelling tips, advice on organization and the legal writing process, proofreading, and document design.

Modeled after handbooks used at the undergraduate level, the Handbook features a small trim size, comb-binding, clear organization, two-color printing, and helpful design elements to highlight important information. Distinctive features designed with the student in mind include Websites for each topic addressed, Tips and Strategies to highlight key topics, and Challenge Exercises in each chapter to test mastery.

A brief Table of Contents on the inside front cover and Style Sheet on the inside back cover offer quick reference. Helpful appendices include Citation Form (including both Bluebook and ALWD examples), and glossaries of terms and usage.

The Third Edition features new and updated examples as well as fresh Website references throughout the text. More supplemental exercises appear on a companion web site.

Subjects:
Drafting and Legal Writing
Contents:
Section I: The Mechanics of Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling
Ch.
1. Grammar
Ch.
2. Punctuation;
Ch.
3. Spelling

section II: Features of Effective Legal Writing and Organization
Ch.
4. Features of Effective Legal Writing
Ch.
5. Organization and the Legal Writing Process

Section III: Legal Documents, Legal Conventions, and Legal Writing Blunders
Ch.
6. Legal Correspondence
Ch.
7. Legal Memoranda
Ch.
8. Legal Briefs
Ch.
9. Pleadings and Transactional Documents
Ch.
10. Legal Conventions and Legal Blunders

Section IV: Postwriting Steps and Document Design
Ch.
11. Postwriting Steps
Ch.
12. Document Design

Appendix A. Citation Form
Appendix B English as a Second Language
Appendix C Sample Appellate Court Brief
Appendix D Answer Keys to Challenges
Appendix E Glossary of Terms
Appendix F Glossary of Usage