How to Understand and Master the Language of Law
William R. McKay and
Helen E. Charlton
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to reproduce her article entitled 'Which route – solicitor or barrister?’ (The Times,
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book being written.
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The book consists of main sections on:
Litigation (including courtroom advocacy, court orders, court documentation, paperwork
used by court lawyers, case preparation and problem solving)
Business law (including company documentation, company meetings and resolutions
and commercial agreements)
These sections also include an explanation of basic legal principles (such as in
relation to the law of contract and tort) as well as a review of language and
grammar–all in the context of ‘portable’ skills training which will be of value in
many academic and professional contexts.
Additional sections on journalistic texts and legal research and study guidance
further contribute to making this a book of much value to readers wishing to develop
their legal English for use in the course of legal study or practice. It offers a
stimulating and enjoyable learning resource and can be used by readers with or
without any legal training. It will be of most use however to readers with at least an
upper intermediate standard in English language.
In each chapter you will be provided with an introduction to a different legal
topic. You are then provided with a range of language exercises relating to the legal
topic for that chapter.
These exercises involve legal skills practise and role-play (such as advocacy,
interviewing, negotiation and writing/drafting), enabling you to develop your proficiency
in legal English. The areas of language and law in each chapter are then
summarised to consolidate your learning. Answers to the exercises are provided in
Appendix 3 and should be checked only after you have undertaken the exercises.
For further resources see www.pearsoned.co.uk/McKay