Effective Legal Writing: a practical guide

Corbett-Jarvis, Nichola, and Grigg, Brendan (2017) Effective Legal Writing: a practical guide. LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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A clear, accessible and practical guide to the skill of legal writing. This practical, student-focused text introduces writing skills essential for successful study in law and explains how to apply them in a legal context. Although designed as a course book for first year law students, it has ongoing relevance throughout 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 sound legal writing skills, providing a solid foundation to enhance performance in professional legal writing tasks. It includes many examples, case studies and exercises and is supported by extensive online resources for lecturers.

The second edition offers expanded examples of legal writing required of both students and professionals including case notes, letters, barristers' opinions and outlines of arguement. It reinforces the importance of academic integrity, especially in relation to admission, by embedding these concepts into practical exercises.

Research Statement

Research Background This student textbook is purposely designed to enhance and refine law students' written communication skills, and in particular law students in their first year, within a student-centred, holistic framework founded upon first year experience pedagogy. It involves detailed identification of the broad range of writing exercises students will face both in law school and in legal practice and it explicitly sets out how to respond to tasks depending on the purpose, content, audience (and type of assessment). It encourages independent and reflective learning with content and exercises focused on improving grammar and expression and also reflecting on feedback. It also clearly articulates issues law students may face if they have been found guilty of academic misconduct when applying for admission and provides a range of exercises and techniques designed to highlight this.
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Item ID: 34324
Item Type: Book (Teaching Material)
ISBN: 978-0-409-34320-5
Keywords: legal writing; law, communication, assessment; plagiarism; admission; reflection; feedback
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Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2017 04:34
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