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Legal Writing for Legal Readers: Predictive Writing for First-Year Students, Third Edition

  • Mary Beth Beazley
  • Monte Smith
Series / Aspen Coursebook Series
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Legal Writing for Legal Readers: Predictive Writing for First-Year Students, now in its Third Edition, teaches students how to use their objective reading skills to assess examples of both effective and ineffective legal writing. Sidebars and annotated examples highlight the key elements of a well-structured predictive analysis. As writers, students learn to make better and more informed choices by learning to view their own work with greater objectivity—from the reader’s point of view.

New to the Third Edition:

  • Recall and Review exercises at the end of each chapter that promote memory retention
  • Expanded coverage of email correspondence in legal practice
  • More examples of good and bad legal writing that, by reading them, clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of one and the pitfalls of the other
  • New and complete sample documents that provide fresh material for class discussion
  • A self-grading exercise by which students identify analytical elements in their own writing
  • Additional resources on Casebook Connect

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • The book’s approach that uses students’ reading skills to teach them to view their own and others’ writing with greater objectivity--by looking at it from the reader’s point of view.
  •  Examples of both effective and ineffective legal writing for students to read and assess, and to exemplify and highlight the techniques and elements of writing that make one succeed where the other fails.
  • Clear and lucid explanations of the concepts and techniques behind effective legal writing.

The authors’ popular marginal notes and annotations that provide additional insights, commentary, and points/notes related to the topic of discussion or the elements of a sample document.

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