Legal Drafting in a Nutshell
The Drafting Process; Getting Started: Determine Client's Objectives, Know the Audience, Determine the Legal and Factual Context of the Document; Drafting Within the Law; Determining Substance; Choosing the Right Legal and Factual Concept; Organization; Avoiding Ambiguity; Drafting Style and Usage; Definitions; Terms Creating Legal Consequences; Rules of Interpretation; Document Typography and Layout; Contract Drafting; Legislative Drafting; Drafting with Computers; Drafting Ethics.
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