Basic Legal Writing for Paralegals

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Little, Brown, Dec 31, 1995 - Legal assistants - 320 pages
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Both brief and accessible, this legal writing text carefully guides paralegal students through the entire writing process -- from the beginning stages to the final product. Along the way, students will find authoritative coverage of such key topics as briefing cases, legal memoranda, witness statements, file summaries, deposition summaries, and persuasive writings such as complaints and answers.

"Basic Legal Writing for Paralegals" begins with the basics of the legal system -- carefully walking students through the writing process. The book's focus then turns to writing principles and briefing cases before dedicating several chapters to legal memoranda, where students are guided through the process of writing an accurate and effective memo. The authors then cover persuasive writings -- concentrating on drafting such documents as complaints and answers.

Finally, the book discusses specialized documents frequently drafted by paralegals, including witness statements, file summaries, deposition summaries, and deposition abstracts.

With the help of this book, you'll teach your students how to:

-- convey the result of research in written documents

-- articulate legal concepts to convey information and answer questions

-- craft persuasive arguments

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