Effective Legal Writing: A Practical Guide

Nichola Corbett-Jarvis, Brendan Grigg

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This practical, student-focused text introduces writing skills essential for successful study in law and explains how to apply them in a legal context. Although designed as a course book for first year law students, it has ongoing relevance throughout law school and beyond.

Basic literacy, legal literacy and writing skills are explored in a way that is fully integrated into legal content, reflecting current pedagogical best-practice. The text assists students to develop sound legal writing skills, providing a solid foundation to enhance performance in professional legal writing tasks. It includes many examples, case studies and exercises and is supported by extensive online resources for lecturers.

The third edition has been updated throughout and includes a new chapter on ‘Writing in the Digital Age’ and a new section on reflective writing tasks in Chapter 5.


• Integrates basic literacy, legal literacy and writing skills into working with legal content
• Includes many examples, case-studies, questions and exercises
• Includes new chapter on writing in the digital age
• Supports achievement of Australian Teaching and Learning Council (ALTC) threshold learning outcomes (TLO) for law, in particular TLO 5: Communication and collaboration
• Extensive lecturer and student resources on Lexis Learning
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationChatswood, NSW
PublisherLexisNexis Butterworths
Number of pages347
ISBN (Print)9780409351484
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • legal literacy
  • writing skills
  • legal content
  • legal writing tasks


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