Becoming a Legal Writer

A Workbook with Explanations to Develop Objective Legal Analysis and Writing Skills

by Robin Boyle-Laisure, Christine Coughlin, Sandy Patrick

Tags: Core Knowledge for Lawyers, Lawyering Skills/Study Aids, Legal Writing

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270 pp  $40.00

ISBN 978-1-5310-0448-4

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This workbook will help develop two essential lawyering skills: objective analysis and writing. Providing ample foundation in every chapter followed by exercises, Becoming a Legal Writer is designed to complement any legal writing book or be used as a stand-alone text for academic support or pre-law instruction. Students will learn fundamental lawyering skills such as formulating questions to ask clients upon intake, exploring research strategies into systems of law, developing critical reading skills for statutes and cases, briefing cases, extrapolating implicit and explicit rules, synthesizing rules, organizing and applying the law into objective written analysis, and polishing their writing.

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This book was very easy to navigate, and I particularly liked the exercises the writers used to illustrate each step in the writing and research process. As for the sample answers, the writers often included strong and weak options. The errors in the weaker options, however, were not always obvious at first blush. I liked this approach because it will force students to think carefully about why they prefer one option over another.

I will be adding this resource to my list of recommendations for students who are looking to improve their research and writing skills."

— Herbert Ramy, Director and Professor of Academic Support at Suffolk University Law School
Assessment content tailored to the book is available via CAP's Core Knowledge for Lawyers platform, access to which is included in the price of a new book.

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