Legal English

Series
Longman
Author
William McKay / Helen Elizabeth Charlton / Grant Barsoum  
Publisher
Pearson Longman
Cover
Softcover
Edition
2
Language
English
Total pages
288
Pub.-date
June 2011
ISBN13
9781408226100
ISBN
1408226103
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Description

Legal English: How to Understand and Master the Language of Law offers a contemporary guide for students and practitioners alike who want to improve their language skills and build confidence in communicating effectively from the classroom to the courtroom.

The second edition has been completely revised and updated to cover all aspects of language as used in a legal context where effective communication is crucial to both academic and professional success. 

Features

Legal English provides a wealth of advice, examples, and practical exercises so readers have the tools to:

  • strengthen written and oral communication skills
  • learn proper referencing and citation for academic legal writing
  • understand and use legal terminology correctly
  • become familiar with language conventions in legal documents
  • distinguish between the types of language appropriate to various settings
  • develop vocabulary and technique for interviewing and advising, negotiation, and advocacy

The text is also supported by mylawchamber which offers additional resources for practising legal language skills including audio exercises for interviewing and negotiation.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Preface to the second edition

 

Chapter 1: Academic writing

Chapter 2: Reading law at university

Chapter 3: Writing letters, e-mails and internal documents

Chapter 4: Drafting legal documents for business

Chapter 5: Drafting for court

Chapter 6: Oral presentation skills

Chapter 7: Interviewing and advising

Chapter 8: Negotiation

Chapter 9: Advocacy

 

Appendix: Legal study and research guide

Glossary

Suggested answers to exercises

Back Cover

Legal English offers a contemporary guide for students and practitioners alike who want to improve their language skills and build confidence in communicating effectively, from the classroom to the courtroom.

The second edition has been completely revised and updated to cover all aspects of language as used in a legal context where effective communication is crucial to both academic and professional success. It provides a wealth of advice, examples and practical exercises so you have the tools to:

  • strengthen your written and oral communication skills
  • learn proper referencing and citation rules for academic legal writing
  • understand and use legal terminology correctly
  • become familiar with language conventions in legal documents
  • distinguish between the types of language appropriate to various settings
  • develop vocabulary and technique for interviewing and advising, negotiation, and advocacy.

The text is supported by mylawchamber which offers additional resources for practising legal language skills including audio exercises for interviewing and negotiation.

Legal English will prepare you to engage confidently with the language of law in a world where every word counts and will ensure that you are poised for success.

'This is a much needed text and should be on the reading list of all students who need to get to grips with language issues.'  Dr Sharon Hanson (PhD), Senior Lecturer in Law, Department of Law and Criminal Justice Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University

'I would recommend this book to students who intend to study law and need to learn legal language.'  Alison Chisholm, Sussex Centre for Language Studies, Sussex University

About the authors

William R. McKay is a qualified solicitor and Senior Lecturer on the Legal Practice Course at London Metropolitan University.  He teaches Business Law and Practice, Intellectual Property, Employment Law, and Mediation.  He has also taught civil litigation, civil advocacy, opinion writing, drafting, and employment law on the Bar Vocational Course. 

Helen E. Charlton (LL B and MA TEFL) has taught English as a foreign language for several leading language schools.  She teaches Business English to clients from major corporations and has worked in Japan.

Grant Barsoum is a Senior Lecturer in Academic English and Academic Skills at London Metropolitan University.  In addition to his extensive experience in teaching English in the UK, Egypt and France, he has worked for over ten years as a translator and interpreter for the legal profession.  For the last ten years he has been teaching at universities with particular interest in English and Academic Skills for law students.

Author

William R. McKay is a qualified solicitor and Senior Lecturer on the Legal Practice Course at London Metropolitan University.  He teaches Business Law and Practice, Intellectual Property, Employment Law, and Mediation.  He has also taught civil litigation, civil advocacy, opinion writing, drafting, and employment law on the Bar Vocational Course. 

Helen E. Charlton (LL B and MA TEFL) has taught English as a foreign language for several leading language schools.  She teaches Business English to clients from major corporations and has worked in Japan.

Grant Barsoumis a Senior Lecturer in Academic English and Academic Skills at London Metropolitan University.  In addition to his extensive experience in teaching English in the UK, Egypt and France, he has worked for over ten years as a translator and interpreter for the legal profession.  For the last ten years he has been teaching at universities with particular interest in English and Academic Skills for law students.


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