Legal Writing Coach
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Legal Writing Coach is not a typical legal writing book. It is a collection of easy-to-use materials, designed for the time realities of busy lawyers, students, and translators. Based on the author's years of global experience in the field, and filled with real examples from practice, Legal Writing Coach targets the most common legal writing issues and provides quick, practical solutions.
Table of contents
1.1 Formality factors
1.2 Tone devices
2.1 Punctuation: Common errors
2.2 Grammar: Common errors
2.3 Vocabulary: Common errors
2.4 Usage: Conclusion
3.1 Style step 1: Cut words
3.2 Style step 2: Simplify sentences
3.3 Style step 3: Refine style
4.1 Structuring question 1: Is the structure logical overall?
4.2 Structuring question 2: Does it make sense to follow "ICRA"?
4.2.1 What is ICRA?
4.2.2 Make ICRA your servant
4.2.3 ICRA in long documents (memoranda, etc.)
4.3 Structuring ques0on 3: Do I have enough navigation aids?
5. Drafting/Presenting Legal Rules
Annex A: Salutations, Titles, Closings
Annex B: Punctuating complex and compound sentences
Annex C: Common vocabulary errors
Annex D: Common preposition errors
Annex E: British v American legal usage
Annex F: Sample edit sheet
Annex G: Help from Microsoft Word
Annex H: Word replacement list
Annex I: Common throat–clearing phrases
Annex J: Common redundanciesAnnex K: Common "of" constructions
Annex L: Common compound prepositions
Annex M: Common vague words
Annex N: Common inflated words
Annex O: Facts that speak for themselves
Annex P: Common nominalizations
Annex Q: Sample office memorandum
Annex R: Effective headings
Annex S: Paragraphs
Annex T: Helpful transition words
Annex U: Transitioning ? good and bad
Annex V: Rules for quoting
Annex W: Approaching a new writing project
Annex X: Answers to 20 frequently asked questions
Annex Y: Practice exercises with answers