Across practice areas and jurisdictions, new lawyers need fundamental lawyering skills. Global Lawyering Skills is designed to teach these fundamental lawyering skills by introducing students to a broader range of skills than a traditional research and writing textbook. While the book covers foundational objective and persuasive legal writing skills, it also addresses other lawyering skills, such as oral argument, alternative dispute resolution, transactional drafting, and client interviewing and counseling. Additionally, students need an understanding of how cross-cultural and transnational considerations impact the practice of law. GLS is one of the only legal research and writing textbooks available that covers foreign legal systems, intercultural competence, and cross-cultural considerations in the practice of law. GLS is sufficient for a two-year curriculum, but would also work well in a one, two, or three semester course. The new edition provides updates to existing chapters and includes new chapters on professionalism and professional identity, incorporating feedback, and judicial writing.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Coursebook
Publication Date: 05/04/2018
Related Subject(s): Legal Research, Legal Writing

Mary-Beth Moylan, University of Pacific School of Law

Stephanie J. Thompson, University of Pacific School of Law


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The new edition of GLS still features foundational legal research and writing chapters, as well as chapters on oral advocacy, appellate practice, client interviewing and counseling, and contract drafting. In the new edition, the alternative dispute resolution chapter has been expanded. Additionally, new chapters on professionalism and professional identity, incorporating feedback, and judicial writing offer students insights to increase their self-awareness as students and to develop into well-rounded lawyers.

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