Preface and Table of Contents: The Complete Legal Writer, Second Edition

The Complete Legal Writer, Second Edition, 2020

29 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2015 Last revised: 31 Aug 2020

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Alexa Chew

University of North Carolina School of Law

Katie Rose Guest Pryal

University of North Carolina School of Law

Date Written: July 1, 2020

Abstract

The Complete Legal Writer, a legal research and writing handbook, takes a novel approach: it uses genre discovery to teach students to guide themselves through the process of writing unfamiliar legal document types. Readers learn to write independently and to transfer their knowledge to upper-level classes and the workplace. The book also teaches research and citation literacy as integrated parts of the writing process.

For each legal genre covered in the book (e.g., memo, trial brief), The Complete Legal Writer provides (1) three strong samples, (2) an analysis of the genre, and (3) specific questions to guide students as they study the samples. Another of the book’s innovations is its chapters on giving and receiving feedback—essential legal writing skills that novice lawyers often must teach themselves. The second edition features updates throughout; new chapters on revision, editing, and giving feedback; and an appendix on conducting electronic research.

Keywords: legal writing, genre, genre discovery, legal analysis, citation, research

Suggested Citation

Chew, Alexa and Pryal, Katie Rose Guest, Preface and Table of Contents: The Complete Legal Writer, Second Edition (July 1, 2020). The Complete Legal Writer, Second Edition, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2694020

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