Lawyering Skills and the Legal Process

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Cambridge University Press, 2005 - Law - 443 pages
Lawyering Skills and the Legal Process bridges the gap between academic and practical law for students undertaking skills-based and clinical legal education courses at university. It develops oral and written communication, group working, problem solving and conflict resolution skills in a range of legal contexts: client interviewing, drafting, managing cases, legal negotiation and advocacy. The book is designed specifically to help students to practise and develop skills that will be essential in a range of occupations; develop a deeper understanding of the English legal process and the lawyer s role in that process; enhance their understanding of the relationship between legal skills and ethics; and understand how they learn and how they can make their learning more effective. This book provides a stimulating, accessible and challenging approach to understanding the problems and uncertainties of practising law that goes beyond the standard approaches to lawyers skills.

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Contents

Descent into the swamp
11
Learning to live in the swamp
34
lawyers as communicators
54
group learning and group skills
81
building the relationship and gaining participation
107
ethics and values in legal work
152
making sense of writing
205
drafting legal documents
256
negotiation
302
case management and preparation
350
the deepest swamp?
397
Index
433
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Principal Lecturer in Law, Law Faculty, University of the West of England

Professor of Law, School of Law, University of Westminster

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