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Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing for International Graduate Students helps readers understand and approach legal research and writing assignments the way attorneys do in the United States. Since most students will have studied civil law and some comparative law, but are unfamiliar with U.S. legal culture, the book begins by comparing common and civil law and then builds practical skills on this foundation. This comparative law perspective helps explain unique and important features of the United States legal system. Chapters are short and clear, and repeat the major points to aid, in particular, LL.M. candidates who are not native English speakers. A methodology of research and writing in preparing legal documents is presented, and reasoning and writing methods are based on standard IRAC analysis used by many instructors. To allow instructors to discuss citation requirements as they become needed, citation format information is integrated into the text. An important discussion of plagiarism and U.S. law school honor codes addresses subjects that surprise LL.M. students from cultures with a wide variety of norms and standards. As the Internet is likely to be the only legal research source available to foreign attorneys accessing U.S. law from their countries of origin, most of the exercises in each chapter can be done on the Web as well as in the law library, with either commercial or non-commercial websites. Charts and summaries can be used as helpful reference tools. An extensive Teacher’s Manual includes information about non-U.S. legal systems and legal education that helps prepare instructors for the kinds of problems LL.M. candidates experience.
The Third Edition offers suggestions and exercises to gain confidence and participate in U.S. classrooms. Research chapters are updated to include more in-depth international research explanations and exercises. More in-depth examples and exercises demonstrate drafting contracts. An expanded and revised chapter on the use of case method includes a synthesis of international case law, such as WTO appellate opinions and CISG interpretation. A new section on legal changes includes indications of success and failure.
Hallmark features of Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing for International Graduate Students:
• Helps international students understand and approach legal research and writing assignments the way attorneys do in the United States
• Uses a comparative law perspective to explain unique and important features of the United States legal system
• begins by comparing common and civil law
• builds on this foundation with practical skills
• assumes the reader has studied law but is unfamiliar with U.S. legal culture
• Helps LL.M. candidates who are not native English speakers, in particular
• features chapters that are short and clear
• repeat the major points for greater comprehension
• Includes methodology of research and writing components in preparing legal documents
• bases reasoning and writing components on standard IRAC analysis
• integrates citation format information into the text
instructors can discuss citation requirements as they become needed
• Incorporates discussion of plagiarism and U.S. law school honor codes
• helpful when teaching students from a wide variety of cultures
Summary of Contents
Ch. 1. United States Common Law
Ch. 2. Introduction to American Legal Research and the Federal System
Ch. 3. Legal Reasoning and Objective Legal Writing
Ch. 4. The Research Process
Ch. 5. Researching and Updating Case Law
Ch. 6. Researching and Interpreting Constitutions, Statutes, and International Law
Ch. 7. Rewriting and Style
Ch. 8. Advanced Objective Writing
Ch. 9. Nonfee Internet Legal Research
Ch. 10. Persuasive Writing
Ch. 11. Drafting Contracts
Appendix: Preparing for and Taking Examinations
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