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Effective Legal Writing: A Practical Guide 2nd ed isbn 9780409343205

Effective Legal Writing: A Practical Guide

ISBN13: 9780409334029
New Edition ISBN: 9780409343205
Published: January 2014
Publisher: LexisNexis Australia
Country of Publication: Australia
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

Effective Legal Writing: A Practical Guide introduces law students to essential writing skills and explains how they are applied in a legal context. It is designed as a course book for first year law students with ongoing relevance as a resource in subsequent years at law school and beyond. Basic literacy, legal literacy and writing skills are explored in a way that is fully integrated into legal content, reflecting current pedagogical best-practice.

The text assists students to develop their legal writing skills in their first year of law study and supports their transition to university life. The book also provides a useful reference for ongoing development as students progress through their degree and face a wide variety of legal writing tasks.

The skills developed by this text will provide a solid foundation to enhance performance in professional legal writing.

The text contains various examples, case-studies, questions and exercises in addition to a range of online ancillary materials designed for both lecturers and students.

Other Jurisdictions , Legal Skills and Method, Australia
1. Introduction
The importance of good writing skills and their professional application
2. Grammar Matters: English grammar and the law
The relevance of grammar to the law with an emphasis on difficult areas
3. The plain English movement and the law
The development, principles and application of plain English writing
4. Academic and legal writing conventions and ethical considerations
Plagiarism and academic integrity, citation and paper and electronic communication
5. Academic legal writing
Legal essays, problem solving and the need for persuasive writing
6. Professional writing
Communications with clients, other parties and document drafting
7. Planning, editing and reflecting
Document and time organisation, editing and making the most of feedback