Culture to Culture

A Guide to U.S. Legal Writing

by Jill J. Ramsfield

Tags: Comparative Law, First Year, International Law, Introduction to Law, Law School Study Aids, Legal Writing

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402 pp  $45.00

ISBN 978-0-89089-118-6
eISBN 978-1-5310-0262-6

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Culture to Culture is a text for lawyers from other countries. Taking a contrastive approach, the text explains the U.S. legal system's rhetorical preferences, linguistic specializations, and current conventions. Readers will be able to learn comfortably and quickly what U.S. audiences expect. Careful not to judge the quality of this or other systems, the text describes how U.S. lawyers analyze problems and explain solutions. By studying this contrastive text, international lawyers can perform well as researchers and writers no matter what the context: law school or law practice in the U.S. For those studying in or returning to their own countries, the text opens a comparative analytical window on how U.S. lawyers research, analyze, negotiate, and write. These comparisons offer students tools for reading U.S. texts, analyzing U.S. problems with a special emphasis on issue formulation, researching U.S. sources, organizing U.S. analytical patterns, and writing in acceptable U.S. legal styles.

The book also introduces current conventions through U.S. legal texts, including letters, memos, transactional documents, briefs, exams, and scholarly papers. Indispensable to foreign students studying U.S. law, the text covers a broad range of topics and questions studied by author Jill Ramsfield, who has worked with international lawyers for nearly two decades.

"Ramsfield's book…fills a very narrow but important and interesting niche in legal education: teaching the American legal system and how to practice within it to foreign students and lawyers….There is much in this book that provides even American law students with a more complete understanding of the U.S. legal system."
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