Using Legal Writing Skills on Law School Exams – a blog post from Lady (Legal) Writer

I love this blog!  Lady (Legal) Writer often relies on recent legal news in her posts.  I find this a great way to learn the lingo in addition to catching up on the legal news.

In this post, she discusses the formats to use (legal writing skills) for law school exams.  It is also a good lesson for lawyers to practice their skills, as well as for other business professionals in writing memos and other documents that require analyses.

The Methods?

  • IRAC – Issue, Ruale, Analysis, Conclusion
  • CREAC – Conclusion, Rule, Explanation of Rule, Analysis, Conclusion

Click this link to read her blog post:

Lady (Legal) Writer: Using Legal Writing Skills on Law School Exams.

Thanks to Megan for allowing us to share!

Legal Writing

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ESL Quiz – English for Accountants

I found another great mini-test today –       

Business English for Accountants!  

According to BusinessEnglishSite.com, this quiz is “designed to teach you accounting, bookkeeping, and other vocabulary for financial record keeping, while polishing your grammar skills. Although it’s meant for ESL students, it’ll be useful to anyone who wants to practice this specialized vocabulary.”

You can take the 10-question multiple choice quiz by clicking on the link below:

Business English Exercise:  English for Accounting 1

Accounting

Medical Instruments – English Quiz

Well, Facebook is good for some things!  Today, I found a quiz for medical instruments.  It shows a photo and you guess the name of the medical instrument.  My first thought was, “Wow!  This is perfect for teaching English!”

Here is the link to the quiz:  http://www.quiznatic.com/can-you-identify-these-medical-instruments-/index1.html

I realize that you may never have the need to use these words in English.  But it may be fun to show-off in front of your friends!

And of course, this is a fun English quiz for medical professionals!

Medical generic

Legal Writing – A company is an “it”

One of the easy-to-fix yet key issues I have seen in legal writing, both by native English speakers and Turkish lawyers, is referring to a company as “they.”  It is something we commonly do as we speak English even though it is incorrect. Referring to a company as “they” should definitely not be done in legal writing.  In fact, it should not be done in Business English of General English practice.

When speaking or writing about a company, consider these:

They – It

Their – Its

Theirself – Itself

Megan E. Boyd hosts a fabulous blog on legal writing, Lady (Legal) Writer, and discusses this issue in more detail.  Check out her post, A Company is an “It.”

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