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Practical Legal Writing


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Practical Legal Writing

This LibGuide is intended as a resource for students to develop their practical legal writing skills. Students should make use of this guide to aid their understanding of commonly used documents and to build their confidence and competencies in drafting these documents in a practice setting. The guide includes both templates and examples to demonstrate completed work, and to allow students to see what a finished product may look like. Students are welcome to download these templates and examples and make use of them.

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