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A Practical Guide to Lawyering Skills 4th ed

ISBN13: 9780815347040
Previous Edition ISBN: 1859419755
Published: July 2019
Publisher: Routledge-Cavendish
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £32.99

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Legal skills are an important and increasing part of undergraduate law degrees as well as postgraduate vocational law courses. This fully updated fourth edition continues to bring together the theory and practice of these skills in an accessible and practical context.

The authors draw on their experience of teaching and of law in practice to develop the core skills taught on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Skills covered include:

  • written communication;
  • mediation;
  • opinion writing;
  • drafting;
  • advocacy;
  • interviewing;
  • negotiation;
  • legal research.

The text also considers the professional and ethical context of legal practice, provides an insight into the legal services landscape as well as offering valuable careers advice. Diagrams and flow charts help to explain and develop each skill and each chapter ends with suggestions for further reading.

A Practical Guide to Lawyering Skills is essential reading for all undergraduate and vocational law students seeking to develop the necessary skills to work successfully with law in the twenty-first century.

Legal Skills and Method, Courts and Procedure
Foreword by The Secret Barrister
Chapter 1: Legal Writing: Basic Principles, Planning, Plain English and Presentation
Chapter 2: Legal Writing: Applying Writing Skills – Letters, Memoranda, Briefs, Attendance Notes, Reports and Minutes
Chapter 3: Legal Research
Chapter 4: Practical Legal Research
Chapter 5: Opinion Writing
Chapter 6: Legal Drafting: Planning, Structure and Content of Formal Documents
Chapter 7: Advocacy
Chapter 8: Interviewing/Conferencing Skills
Chapter 9: Negotiation
Chapter 10: Mediation: The Process and Practice of Mediation as a Form of Dispute Resolution
Chapter 11: Ethics
Chapter 12: Legal Services Landscape
Chapter 13: Careers, Employability and Commercial Awareness