The Canadian Legal Research and Writing Guide is based on The Best Guide to Canadian Legal Research, an online legal research guide written and published by Catherine Best, which she started in 1998. The site grew out of Catherine’s experience teaching legal research and writing, and her conviction that a process-based analytical approach was needed. The text has been updated and expanded for this publication by a national editorial board of legal researchers.
Designed to help law students write and publish articles, this text provides detailed instructions for every aspect of the law school writing, research, and publication process. Topics covered include law review articles and student notes, seminar term papers, how to shift from research to writing, cite-checking others' work, publishing, and publicizing written works.
The focus of this book is on communicating more effectively in email, letters, memos, blog posts, client updates, and social media, but there are some pointers on contractual drafting and written advocacy as well.
How to Write Law Essays & Exams provides law students with a practical and proven method of analysing and answering essay and exam questions. The book focuses on those questions that give students the most trouble, namely problem questions, but its techniques are equally applicable to other types of essays.
This book provides law students with guidance and information to complete a law-related dissertation. The primary aim of this book is to tackle the issues that cause anxiety to law students undertaking a dissertation so that they can focus on the research that you find exciting. As well as explaining the process of research and outlining the various legal research approaches, the book also provides practical, step-by-step guidance on how to formulate a proposal, research plan, and literature review.
Legal Writing Style promotes the art of good writing by teaching the tools to make prose clear, precise, simple, and forceful. With examples of what works and what doesn't, this short but comprehensive treatise provides an invaluable resource for recasting writing for maximum impact and ultimate success.
The purpose of this book is to get you started and guide you through the full scholarly writing process, from drafting to publishing. This book breaks down that process into understandable and manageable tasks to help you get started and complete the project.
This book teaches law students how to write scholarly papers for seminars, law reviews, and law-review competitions and how to have their work recognized. It helps novices and more experienced scholars alike to write papers with a minimum of anxiety and a maximum of creativity. It covers both traditional doctrinal topics and newer areas like empirical studies. Appendices provide a sample law-review competition paper, answers to in-text exercises, sample syllabi for scholarly writing courses, and a rubric for evaluating and editing scholarly papers and articles.
This easy-to-read book features fundamental advice on how to communicate written and oral legal analysis from a problem-solving perspective. It also incorporates professional ethical and technological considerations throughout, while providing learning objectives for each chapter.
This is a comprehensive guide to legal reading, reasoning, and writing that will help students learn how to use primary and secondary legal resources in making legal arguments; develop skills in legal reading, reasoning, and research; and write clear and effective legal memos, opinion letters, briefs, arguments, and pleadings.
There is no doubt that students' proficiency in grammar and punctuation has declined over time, and this book is designed to help resolve that problem. What can be a serious and boring topic has been recast into an entertaining yet informative guide to punctuation, grammar, and other style issues. This book goes beyond the black letter rules that students must follow--it also tells the story behind those rules, making it relatable and more likely to stick with the student. Unlike other style guides, it uses caselaw to help convince students that these issues are important--even to the Supreme Court (and other courts) where winning or losing can turn on the placement of a comma. The book also is unique in that it strives to be humorous and includes cartoons for each chapter with the goal of having the concepts adhere to the students' brains. It is a well-rounded resource in that it goes beyond legal writing guides and incorporates information from other sources, giving a more holistic view of each issue. Although this book was designed primarily for law students, it has a much broader reach and could be a valuable resource to any legal writer--judges, law clerks, lawyers, paralegals, and people who are either learning about or involved in drafting contracts or legislation.