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Skills & Values: Lawyering Process, Legal Writing & Advocacy

David I. C. Thomson, LP Professor & Director, Lawyering Process Program, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

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ISBN: 9781531008161
Published: July 17, 2013
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The Skills & Values Series is an innovative hybrid series of subject-specific, practice-oriented books and online materials supported by Web Courses (powered by Blackboard 9.1). The series is designed as a tool for professors to teach practical and analytical skills that can help students serve future clients competently, skillfully, and in an ethical manner.

Skills & Values: Lawyering Process, Legal Writing and Advocacy consists of 14 chapters that provide students with an introduction to the key aspects of the lawyering process, from understanding what lawyers do, to research, writing, citation, writing style, drafting, persuasion, and oral arguments. These chapters provide introductory reading on each topic, with supplemental reading sometimes offered by the professor, and examples, quizzes, checklists, and tutorials provided online.

There are also be opportunities for the student to identify and consider ethical questions that confront lawyers every day. They are designed to help the student along the journey to forming his or her own professional identity as a lawyer. Professional identity includes a lawyer's decisions about these behaviors, his or her sense of duty as an officer of the court and, perhaps most importantly, his or her sense of responsibility as part of a system that is engaged in upholding the rule of law.

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Table of Contents

Chapter One: The Lawyering Process

Chapter Two: Legal Work

Chapter Three: The Legal System

Chapter Four: Reading the Law

Chapter Five: Legal Research

Chapter Six: Legal Memos

Chapter Seven: Legal Citation

Chapter Eight: Writing Well

Chapter Nine: Editing and Proofreading

Chapter Ten: Contract Drafting

Chapter Eleven: Legal Persuasion

Chapter Twelve: Legal Letters

Chapter Thirteen: Legal Briefs

Chapter Fourteen: Oral Argument