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The Pocket Guide to Legal Writing, 1st Edition

  • William H. Putman
  • ISBN-10: 1401865976  |  ISBN-13: 9781401865979
  • 256 Pages
  • © 2006 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $25.25
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About

Overview

The Pocket Guide to Legal Writing is designed as a desk book for use by practicing paralegals, legal assistants, attorneys, and students. It is a reference book that allows the user to quickly obtain the answer to many commonly encountered writing questions concerning the following subjects: sentence and paragraph drafting, word selection and usage, spelling, numbers, grammar, punctuation, legal citation, legal correspondence, legal research memoranda, and court briefs. It also includes a chapter on the location of various non fee-based internet and other computer based legal research sources. There is a chapter that presents a collection of general considerations involved in legal writing, including a detailed discussion of the legal writing process (an organized approach to legal research, analysis, and writing that helps you develop writing skills and makes legal writing easier) and guidelines to follow when engaging in the process. The book is color coded so information may be easily located and designed to lie flat on a desk next to a computer. It is written in a non technical manner and designed so that it is easy to understand and use by anyone working in a law office. It includes checklist for use in conjunction with the various types of legal writing.

Additional Product Information

Features and Benefits

  • Information is easy to understand and access
  • A chapter on the legal writing
  • A separate chapter on legal citation
  • A chapter on law related web sites
  • Detailed instructions on drafting legal correspondence, legal research memoranda, and court briefs

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Sentences and Paragraphs.
Chapter 2: Word Selection and Usage, Spelling, and Numbers.
Chapter 3: Grammar.
Chapter 4: Punctuation.
Chapter 5: Legal Citation.
Chapter 6: Computer and Internet Research Websites.
Chapter 7: Preparing to Write—The Legal Writing Process.
Chapter 8: Legal Correspondence.
Chapter 9: The Legal Research Memorandum.
Chapter 10: Court Briefs.
Appendix A: Correspondence.
Appendix B: Legal Research Memorandum.
Appendix C: Court Briefs.
Glossary.
Index.

Learning Resource Bundles

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Bundle: Legal Terminology + The Pocket Guide to Legal Writing

ISBN-10: 1418028266  | ISBN-13: 9781418028268

List Price = $173.95  | CengageBrain Price = $173.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $130.75

This Bundle Includes:

  • Legal Terminology
    List Price = $139.95  | CengageBrain Price = $139.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $105.50
  • The Pocket Guide to Legal Writing
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Bundle: Students Guide to Understanding Constitutional Law + Pocket Guide to Legal Writing

ISBN-10:  1418028231 | ISBN-13:  9781418028237

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This Bundle Includes:

  • The Student's Guide to Understanding Constitutional Law
    List Price = $119.95  | CengageBrain Price = $119.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $90.25
  • The Pocket Guide to Legal Writing
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Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Bundle: Litigation and Trial Practice, 6th + Pocket Guide to Legal Writing  (ISBN-10: 142839589X | ISBN-13: 9781428395893)

List Price = $281.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $212.00

Student Supplements

Bundle: Litigation and Trial Practice, 6th + Pocket Guide to Legal Writing  (ISBN-10: 142839589X | ISBN-13: 9781428395893)

List Price = $281.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $212.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

William H. Putman

William Putman was an instructor in the Legal Assistant Studies Program at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as the Paralegal Studies Program at Santa Fe Community College, in Santa Fe, New Mexico for ten years. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and has been a member of the New Mexico Bar since 1975.