This how-to writing guide helps lawyers and law students master the full array of legal writing tasks and become adept and agile writers. While chapters focus on specific legal writing tasks, they also teach sophisticated writing techniques and how to use them effectively in a legal context. Chapters cover statutes, jury instructions, contracts, issues, objective and persuasive statements of fact, discussion sections and arguments, pleadings, documents for motion practice, interrogatories, correspondence (including electronic forms), opinion letters, wills and trusts, and research papers.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Coursebook
Publication Date: 10/16/2012

Mary Barnard Ray, University of Wisconsin Law School

Barbara J. Cox, California Western School of Law


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All chapters have been revised and updated to include recent research in relevant areas, such as reading and cognition. Two new assignments are included for each chapter, covering the wide array of different documents, with sample answers and lesson plans provided in the teachers’ manual. All chapters except Process also include new exercises, with sample answers also in the teachers’ manual. (Assignments and exercises from the earlier editions, with sample answers, will be available online.) All chapters include updated research and changes in the substantive law, and all bibliographies include new references. The new edition also addresses the particular writing issues arising from newer technologies and modes of correspondence, such as electronic mail, electronic messaging, and graphics. For example, chapters on correspondence, pleadings, and wills each discuss changes that technology makes in these kinds of legal writing. The challenge of proofreading for incorrect words that

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