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.
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.
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