The Legal English Manual: Handbook for Professional Legal Language and Practical Skills, Edition 2

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This practical handbook provides a comprehensive overview of professional legal language and practical skills. Prepared by native English-speaking lawyers, the book includes professional legal English terminology, practice-oriented examples and sample documents for use in your daily practice. Structured to provide a legal focus, a language focus as well as a practical focus, it helps you apply your professional legal expertise competently in various English-language situations.
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Kathrin Weston Walsh (Editor) * US attorney licensed in the District of Columbia and Colorado. * J.D., M.A. (Duke University School of Law, Dartmouth College) * Professional Legal English Language Program Director and Coach for Lawbility, Zurich, Switzerland * Lecturer in Legal English, University of Lucerne, Switzerland * Complex Commercial Litigation Attorney, Perkins Coie LLP and Holme Roberts and Owen LLP (now Bryan Cave LLP)
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Lawbility Ltd.
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Published on
Mar 19, 2018
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Pages
285
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ISBN
9783952473740
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / General
Law / Legal Writing
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This is an excerpt of the full version (available as eBook and hardcopy). The publisher of the successful practical handbook The Legal English Manual (ISBN 978-3-9524737-4-0, www.legalenglishexperts.com) is back with two new course books, which Lawbility has developed and applied in their Professional Legal English & Practical Skills Training since 2010: The Legal English Course Book Volume One/ Volume Two. The practical self-study material and the interactive lessons teach professional business language skills and legal terminology for its application in real-life situations. Besides that, you will be efficiently and professionally preparing yourself for the "PLEPS" Legal English Exam. Volume One contains professional language training including relevant grammar, along with practice examples, as well as an exam preparation for crash courses. Volume Two is an intensified continuation of Volume One. The team of authors is made up of Lawbility Legal English Coaches and internationally practicing lawyers, who functioned as linguists, legal experts and practitioners and have given the body of work its three emphases, namely a language focus (with examples of professional language), a legal focus (with a reference section for legal terminology) and a practical focus (application examples for professional situations). Target group Lawyers and legal practitioners who use legal English in their daily professional life, lawyers, legal employees and students in (further) education, legal specialist translators, lecturers and legal English teachers at universities and colleges. Content Volume One (10 Modules): *Professional Language in Negotiations, Presentations & Meetings *Practice Examples for Correspondence & Editing: Contracts, Letters, E-Mails, Reports, Minutes *"PLEPS" Exam Preparation Advantages at a Glance: *Course material from tried and tested legal English course concept *Teaches oral and written professional languages competences *Suitable for self-study and group lessons through different forms of training including solutions *Suitable for use in legal English courses at universities, in law firms and legal departments *Teacher's Handbook with useful methodical tips and Train The Trainer offers for lecturers available upon request (contact@lawbility.ch) Date of release Volume Two: Summer 2018

Professors Fischl and Paul explain law school exams in ways no one
has before, all with an eye toward improving the reader’s performance.
The book begins by describing the difference between educational
cultures that praise students for “right answers,” and the law school
culture that rewards nuanced analysis of ambiguous situations in which
more than one approach may be correct. Enormous care is devoted to
explaining precisely how and why legal analysis frequently produces such
perplexing situations.


But the authors don’t stop with mere description. Instead, Getting to Maybe
teaches how to excel on law school exams by showing the reader how
legal analysis can be brought to bear on examination problems. The book
contains hints on studying and preparation that go well beyond
conventional advice. The authors also illustrate how to argue both sides
of a legal issue without appearing wishy-washy or indecisive. Above
all, the book explains why exam questions may generate feelings of
uncertainty or doubt about correct legal outcomes and how the student
can turn these feelings to his or her advantage.


In sum, although the authors believe that no exam guide can
substitute for a firm grasp of substantive material, readers who devote
the necessary time to learning the law will find this book an invaluable
guide to translating learning into better exam performance.


“This book should revolutionize the ordeal of studying for
law school exams… Its clear, insightful, fun to read, and right on the
money.” — Duncan Kennedy, Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence, Harvard Law School  “Finally
a study aid that takes legal theory seriously… Students who master
these lessons will surely write better exams. More importantly, they
will also learn to be better lawyers.” — Steven L. Winter, Brooklyn Law School “If
you can't spot a 'fork in the law' or a 'fork in the facts' in an exam
hypothetical, get this book. If you don’t know how to play 'Czar of the
Universe' on law school exams (or why), get this book. And if you do
want to learn how to think like a lawyer—a good one—get this book. It's,
quite simply, stone cold brilliant.” — Pierre Schlag, University of Colorado School of Law (Law Preview Book Review on The Princeton Review website)

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With Point Made, legal writing expert, Ross Guberman, throws a life preserver to attorneys, who are under more pressure than ever to produce compelling prose. What is the strongest opening for a motion or brief? How to draft winning headings? How to tell a persuasive story when the record is dry and dense? The answers are "more science than art," says Guberman, who has analyzed stellar arguments by distinguished attorneys to develop step-by-step instructions for achieving the results you want. The author takes an empirical approach, drawing heavily on the writings of the nation's 50 most influential lawyers, including Barack Obama, John Roberts, Elena Kagan, Ted Olson, and David Boies. Their strategies, demystified and broken down into specific, learnable techniques, become a detailed writing guide full of practical models. In FCC v. Fox, for example, Kathleen Sullivan conjures the potentially dangerous, unintended consequences of finding for the other side (the "Why Should I Care?" technique). Arguing against allowing the FCC to continue fining broadcasters that let the "F-word" slip out, she highlights the chilling effect these fines have on America's radio and TV stations, "discouraging live programming altogether, with attendant loss to valuable and vibrant programming that has long been part of American culture." Each chapter of Point Made focuses on a typically tough challenge, providing a strategic roadmap and practical tips along with annotated examples of how prominent attorneys have resolved that challenge in varied trial and appellate briefs. Short examples and explanations with engaging titles--"Brass Tacks," "Talk to Yourself," "Russian Doll"--deliver weighty materials with a light tone, making the guidelines easy to remember and apply. In addition to all-new examples from the original 50 advocates, this Second Edition introduces eight new superstar lawyers from Solicitor General Don Verrilli, Deanne Maynard, Larry Robbins, and Lisa Blatt to Joshua Rosencranz, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Judy Clarke, and Sri Srinvasan, now a D.C. Circuit Judge. Ross Guberman also provides provocative new examples from the Affordable Care Act wars, the same-sex marriage fight, and many other recent high-profile cases. Considerably more commentary on the examples is included, along with dozens of style and grammar tips interspersed throughout. Also, for those who seek to improve their advocacy skills and for those who simply need a step-by-step guide to making a good brief better, the book concludes with an all-new set of 50 writing challenges corresponding to the 50 techniques.
Originally published: Washington, D.C.: BNA Incorporated, 1961. iii (New Introduction), xvi, 506 pp. With a New Introduction by Bryan A. Garner, President, LawProse, Inc. This book tells how to brief and how to argue a Federal case on appeal. Its primary purpose is to explain to the lawyer how to best persuade a Federal appellate court to decide a case in his favor. It is neither a practice manual nor a text of Federal appellate procedure, being written on the assumption that all the procedural steps necessary to perfect the appeal have been or will be timely taken. Consequently this book deals with problems that are common to appeals in whatever Federal court they may be presented.

Many of the principles defined and discussed herein are applicable also to the argument, oral and written, of questions of fact and law presented and heard in Federal trial courts. The task of presenting facts and law effectively, the psychology of persuasion, the requirements of candor and accuracy-these are matters common to forensic effort in every courtroom, at every state of a litigated proceeding.

In addition to its discussion of appellate advocacy and a description of procedure in the federal appellate courts (Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, and specialized federal courts), it provides valuable guidelines for writing briefs and appeals and the preparing oral arguments.

Among other lessons, it teaches ways to -think before writing, -state facts and phrase issues persuasively, -use argumentative headings, -employ clear, forceful English, -handle questions in oral argument, -use maps and charts effectively and -prevent "forensic halitosis."

AALS Law Books Recommended for Libraries List 26, Legal Profession, page 20, "A" Rated.

"To get into court and to maintain your right to be there is the object of all pleading and is as important in an appellate court as in a trial court (...) This book is a guide to handling of cases on appeal in the Federal courts by one who is eminently qualified to instruct and direct in this field."
--from the foreword by Sherman Minton, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court

"Anyone familiar with Mr. Wiener's reputation as an appellate advocate and with his earlier works would expect his new book to be either required reading or strongly recommended in a course in Appellate Practice and Procedure. My own choice for next spring's seminar at this law school is to require it. This is not to say, however, that the book is directed solely to the student in law school. There are probably few practicing attorneys who would not benefit substantially from the author's ability, drawing on his vast personal experience, to expound the art of appellate advocacy in a fascinating and instructive way."
-- Monroe H. Freedman, The George Washington Law Review 30 (1961-62) 148.

"This is a brilliant book by a brilliant mind. It's the seminal 20th-century book on appellate advocacy, with wisdom, insight, and concrete examples packed into page after page."
--Bryan A. Garner

Frederick Bernys Wiener [1906-1996], or "Fritz" as he was known to his friends, was educated at Brown University and Harvard Law School, where he was a note editor on Harvard Law Review. In addition to several years in private practice, Wiener held positions in the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Judge Advocate General's Corps (as an officer during the Second World War) and the Solicitor General's Office, where he successfully argued the landmark Supreme Court case Reid v. Covert. Also a scholar of vast learning and high reputation, he wrote copiously on courts-martial, martial law and legal history.

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