The book "Legal Language and Legal Writing" relates to some of the basic postulates of law, viz., What is legal language? Does it possess some technical and legalese expressions? Does it contain a simple way of expression to communicate? Whether the role of language within law imperative or essential? Whether the law-language interrelationship or interdependence approach to the philosophy of legal language covered in the jurisprudential debate? Whether the answers to these questions solely depend on a particular rule of interpretation? These are some of the inquisitive inquiries that a beginner is encountered with while pursuing legal studies at a law school. Legal language and legal writing helps in developing the communication, both oral as well as written, and also contributes in honing one's skills as a lawyer so that one can think as a lawyer, talk as a lawyer and write as a lawyer. Law is both a product of as well as dependent on language, therefore, there seems to be a mutual reflection of law and language on each other through different devices, which create an inseparable, immutable, imperishable and a special inter se relationship between law and the language. In order to learn legal language one does not require to be taught the rules of English grammar and thus prevents the niche law students from becoming slaves of such grammar. Command over the language is very vital and is an essential quality of a lawyer enabling him in not only drafting his pleadings but also presenting his arguments in a court of law. Efficiency of an advocate can be gauged to a substantial extent from his communications skills, and as such a niche law student should be well conversed with the legal terminology. Precision, clarity and cogence are the governing principles of both legal dialogue as well as legal writing and the Text Book on Legal Language and Legal Writing would equip him with the faculty of articulation as well as sound writing skills.
Professor Dr. K.L. Bhatia (25 January 1945), B.A. (Hons.) (J&K); LL.B. (ILS, Pune), LL.M., Ph.D. (Pune), is a senior Professor of Law. He is former Head and Dean, Faculty of Law and founder Director, The Law School, University of Jammu; Director Amity Law School; and founder Dean and Professor Emeritus, COLS University of Petroleum and Energy Studies; Professor of Law, National Law University, Jodhpur. He has travelled in India and abroad in pursuit of academics. He has over four decades of teaching and research experience. He has authored and edited books on varied research subjects of law, both doctrinal and heuristic, including a book of poetry in both Hindi and English, and about hundred research papers published in leading legal journals of repute in India and abroad. His book on Moot Court and Mock Trial Art to and Art of Advocacy: Essentials of Court Craft (2013) is the first scholastic evinced attempt in experiential learning law. His books on Legal Language and Legal Writing, Legal Methods, Reasoning and Research Methodology, 2014 have been popular amongst the lawmen. His recent book "Supreme Court: Expounding Transformative Jurisprudence in India The Genesis of Law, Justice and Morality, 2015, espouses the analogy of Justices of the Superior Court about the Constitution of India that is a fine document of intellectual activism written in broad as well as prolific approach with splendid blissful wisdom of its framers' poetry in prose style of majestic language, which was intended not to be a seasonal textual document but was, indeed, intended to endure to bind Indian Nation State's posterity through ages. His another recent book "Constitutional and Legal Status of Jammu Kashmir", 2015, examines in depth the utility and relevance of temporary and transitory textual constitutional provision engraved in Article 370; Article 35A. A Mishmash of the Textual Constitution; utility and relevance of UNSC resolutions in the present scenario. His areas of interest are Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Human Rights, Legal Language and Legal Writing, Legal Method, Legal Reasoning and Research Methodology. He has delivered extension lectures on Legal Research Methodology and Legal Writing as a Visiting Professor at Indian Law Institute, New Delhi; International Taxation Law and Tax Negotiation Treaties, and International Trade and Economic Law as a UNDP Visiting Professor of Public Law in Africa. He is a man of three "Ls", viz., Law, Literature and Life. He is recipient of ICSSR, UGC, J&K State, UN and ILO Human Rights fellowships. He is a DAAD and Max-Planck Fellow and Alumni.
Author : Karn Gupta