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Legal Drafting by Design: A Unified Approach

Richard K. Neumann
Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University
J. Lyn Entrikin
Wm. H. Bowen School of Law, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

2018. Approx. 500 pages. ISBN: 9781454841395

About the Book

Legal drafting is the practice of preparing legal documents that set out the duties, rights, and authority of individuals and legal entities. Legal Drafting by Design, designed for upper-level survey legal drafting courses, explains drafting using a common vocabulary that applies to any legal document based on a fundamental rule structure, including statutes and other forms of public drafting as well as contracts and other forms of private drafting.  This uniform drafting approach gives students a common denominator approach to drafting all kinds of legal documents. In addition, students can use the techniques they’ve learned to deconstruct, interpret, and revise any kind of legal document composed of rules.    

This common-sense approach of teaching – learning – a single vocabulary and set of skills to use in drafting any rules-based legal document is an innovative model for U.S. legal drafting courses, though it has been used in other countries for decades.

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