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International Legal English: A Practical Introduction for Students and Professionals 6th ed

ISBN13: 9780367569754
Previous Edition ISBN: 9781138094710
Published: December 2020
Publisher: Routledge-Cavendish
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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English is the dominant language of international business relations, and a good working knowledge of the language is essential for today’s legal or business professional.

This book provides a highly practical approach to the use of English in commercial legal contexts, and covers crucial law terminology and legal concepts. Written with the needs of both students and practitioners in mind, this book is particularly suitable for readers whose first language is not English but need to use English on a regular basis in legal contexts.

The book covers both written and verbal legal communication in typical legal situations in a straightforward manner. In addition to chapters on the grammar and punctuation utilised in legal writing, the book features sections on contract-drafting and the language used in negotiations, meetings and telephone conversations. It features a companion website which contains exercises covering the majority of the topics covered in the book’s chapters.

This edition thoroughly revises and expands the content of the companion website and contains updated examples, more detailed explanations of problematic areas and an expanded section on writing law essays.

Drafting and Legal Writing, Legal Skills and Method
1. Introduction to Legal English
2. Grammar for Legal Writing
3. Punctuation for Legal Writing
4. Sentence Structure
5. Legal Writing Standards: Dates, Numbers, Citations & Headings
6. Terminology & Linguistic Peculiarities
7. Elements of Good Style: Clarity, Consistency, Effectiveness
8. What to Avoid
9. British & American English
10. Contracts: Structure & Interpretation
11. Contract Clauses: Types & Specimen Clauses
12. Drafting Legal Documents: Language & Structure
13. Correspondence, Memoranda & Essays
14. Applying for a Legal Position
15. Self-Study Exercises
16. Aspects of Spoken English
17. Meeting, Greeting & Getting Down to Business
18. Interviewing and Advising
19. Dealing with Difficult People: Ten-Point Guide
20. Court Advocacy
21. Negotiation
22. Chairing a Formal Meeting
23. Making a Presentation
24. Telephoning