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TECHNICAL SKILLS. Writing process. - Read the facts carefully and look for the issues in the Moot Problem - Preliminary research - Building arguments  outline - Deeper research  develop the arguments - Starting to write: First draft (not write in the order of the parts in memo)

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writing process
Writing process

- Read the facts carefully and look for the issues in the Moot Problem

- Preliminary research

- Building arguments  outline

- Deeper research  develop the arguments

- Starting to write:

  • First draft (not write in the order of the parts in memo)
  • Revise for organization and analysis
  • Revise for fluidity and clarity

- Editing and formatting the documents: make use of the word-processing software.

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Writing process

Table of authorites

Table of content

Statements of jurisdiction

Questions presented

Statement of facts

Summary of pleadings

Pleadings

Prayer for relief

word processing
WORD PROCESSING

- Which MS Word to choose? 2007 and later

- Spelling, Synonyms and Thesaurus: Check all

- File Naming: C/R – (Author/Team Number)(section)(Date)(Note)

Eg. [C] – F1010 [sub1][04.5.2013][final]

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- Formatting

  • Fonts: Times New Roman
  • Size: 12
  • Paragraph: No space between paragraph
  • Rulers: equal margins:1 inch/2.54cm

- Page layout: size A4

  • Numbering: A -> I-> a -> 1 -> (a) -> (1) or ▪
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Citation of law/legal basis: how and why citation of law is important to a legal writing/legal opinion?
  • To support an argument;
  • To justify a resoning;
  • To avoid plagiarism;
  • To make the case easier to be understood, more transparent and more easily monitorable.
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- How to quote case law, legislation, journal articles, books, internet materials -> Footnote, FN

1. Author, title of the book (publisher, edition number, year of publication)

2. Black’s Law Dictionary, 1351 (9th ed.2009).

3. Id. at 1355.

4. Black Law’s Dictionary, supra note 2, at 1426.

5. Schwendeman v. Wallenstein, 971 F.2d 313, 316 (9th Cir.1992).

6. Telestop Pte. Ltd. v Telecom Equipment Pte. Ltd. [2004] SGHC 267 (Sing.).

- Id/Ibib (ibidem): the same as the preceding reference.

- Supra note X: the same as the note X (earlier- cited but not preceding one)

- See (See also):  indicates that the cited authority constitutes additional material that supports the proposition

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- Track changes

- Punctuation Order: “a,”13; b.14

- Table of Authorities (TOA)

  • Turn off Spelling
  • Mark citations
  • Short citation, Mark all
  • Categorize
  • Paragraph mark ¶
  • Delete an entry {}, Update (F9)
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- Table of Content (TOC)

  • Levels
  • Modify Style
  • Update and Edit
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- PDF (Portable Document Formatting)

Built-in PDF Exporting in Word 2007 and later

citation
CITATION

- Legislation

Tittle of the act, Art.

Eg.

1. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966, Art. 18.

2. Regulation 31/m-dag/per/8/2008 of the Minniste of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia dated August 21, 2008 regarding Franchising, Art. 5

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- Cases

Party name v. Party name, the publish source (court & year) (other information), prior & subsequent history

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Eg. United States v. MacDonald, 531 F.2d 196, 199-200 (4th Cir. 1976) (resting review of the dispositive issue in the principle of judicial economy), rev’d, 435 U.S. 850 (1987).

  • United States v. MacDonald: Parties (“v.”: versus)
  • 531: reported volume no.; F.2d: reporter abbreviation (Federal reporter, 2nd series); 196: first page of case; 199-200: pages referred to
  • (4th Cir. 1976): Circuit Court of appeals (federal)
  • (resting…economy): describe the court’s decision
  • Rev’d: reversal – action of higher court; 435 U.S. 850 (1987): citation of reversal
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- Books, reports

Author, title, page/section cited (edition, publisher & date)

Eg. Francis A. Carey, Organic Chemistry 310 (6th ed. 2006)

**Style: Book title

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- Internet citation

Author, Titles, date and time, URL (last visited …)

Eg. Carlos M. Correa, Implementation of the WTO General Council decision on Paragraph 6 of the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, 2004, http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/pdf/s6159e/s6159e.pdf (last visited 24th August 2010)

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- Articles:

  • Consecutively paginated articles:

Author(s), Title, Periodical Name, page on which article begin, pages cited (year) (*).

  • Non-consecutively paginated articles

Author(s), Title, Periodical Name, Date of Issue, at Page.

Eg.

1. Charles A.Reich, The New Property, 73 Yale L.J. 733, 737-38 (1964).

2. Rachel Williams, Council Found Liable for Birth Defects, Med. L. Rev., Wed. 29, 2009, at 2.