Advanced Legal Writing: Theories and Strategies in Persuasive Writing

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Aspen Publishers, 2008 - Law - 388 pages
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With a practical focus on persuasive writing strategy, Michael R. Smith
identifies and explores three processes of persuasive writing--logos, pathos,
and ethos--and provides a thorough introduction to the elements of rhetorical
Using detailed how-to guides and plenty of examples, the author's
distinctive approach to persuasive writing examines:
technical aspects of rhetorical style: metaphor, literary allusion,
figures of speech, and graphic design
three basic processes of persuasive legal writing strategy:
Logos: logic and rational argument
Pathos: value-based argument
Ethos: establishing credibility
interdisciplinary contributions to persuasive writing from fields such
as cognitive psychology, classical rhetoric, and morality theory
effective strategies that extend beyond the trial or appellate brief to
a broad range of documents and settings
In the Second Edition, the reader will find:
a new organization that puts a greater emphasis on practice and
relatively less on theory for each of the three processes of persuasive
writing strategy
a new six-Part organization:
I. Introduction
II. Logos Strategies
III. Pathos Strategies
IV. Ethos Strategies
V. Rhetorical Style
VI. the Ethics and Morality of Persuasion
coverage of new developments in cognitive psychology, Pathos
persuasion, and the role of metaphor in persuasive legal writing.
the same manageable length
For a complete examination of the technique and strategy behind persuasive
writing, Smith's text strikes the right balance of depth and scope for
upper-level legal writing courses.

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About the author (2008)

Michael R. Smith is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, McGill University. He has published widely on the subject of the boundary between sociology and economics, including: labor relations and industrial disputes; the wage determination process; the Canada-U.S. free trade agreement; the implications of the European single-market for the Canadian chemical industry; the effects of computers on the organization of office work; and the postwar inflation.

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