Foundations of Legal Research and Writing / Edition 4

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Overview

The fourth edition of Foundations of Legal Research and Writing gives equal weight to research and writing making it a perfect resource to be used for both legal research and legal writing classes. An entire chapter providing a detailed explanation of legal reasoning and analysis has been added. Each of the research chapters ends with legal research assignments, allowing the professor to cut down on preparation time. Cyberlaw exercises are included at the end of most of the chapters, requiring students to perform computer-assisted legal research. Another chapter is devoted to computer-assisted legal research and explains the use of citators in detail. This chapter is written by an expert in the field, a law librarian who spent a number of years offering computer-assisted legal research seminars to practicing attorneys. The writing portion of the book devotes entire chapters to writing client opinion letters, pleadings, contracts, office memos, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. Because the documents are covered in separate chapters, the professor can select the documents to be covered in class. The legal writing chapters contain sample documents, heavily footnoted with writing tips. The writing tips are designed to give the students as much help in their writing as possible. They also help to aid the less-experienced professor. The book contains case excerpts illustrating material introduced in the text and emphasizing the perils of performing inadequate legal research and writing poorly. The excerpts were selected to emphasize to students the importance of good legal research and writing. The book is designed to be professor-friendly by providing information gathered by the authors over the years, and appeals to the inexperienced and experienced professor alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435413382
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/13/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol M. Bast is Associate Professor in the Department of Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida. She has won several professional awards, frequently presents at legal and academic conferences, and is an active member of the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects and the Legal Writing Institute. Her many published works include articles on legal research, legal writing, eavesdropping, and wiretapping, as well as Foundations of Law and Florida Courts, a textbook. Carol Bast earned an M.B.A. from University of Central Florida, a Ph.D. in Spanish from University of Florida, and a J.D. from the New York Law School.

Margie Hawkins is a librarian with national law firm Holland & Knight LLP, and has expertise in computer-assisted legal research and the Internet. A member of the American Association of Law Libraries (A.A.L.L.) and the Orange County Bar Association, she also served on the Advisory Committee for the Valencia Community College Paralegal Studies Program for more than fourteen years. Ms. Hawkins received her Masters of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Florida, and is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information science honor society. She holds undergraduate degrees in History and Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Law and Sources of Law. Chapter 2. Legal Reasoning and Analysis. Chapter 3. Secondary Sources and Finding Tools Chapter 4. The Judicial Branch and Cases. Chapter 5. Primary Sources: Constitutions, Statutes, Court Rules, and Administrative Law. Chapter 6. Citators. Chapter 7. Overview of the Research Process and Ethical Considerations. Chapter 8. Computer-Assisted Legal Research. Chapter 9. Introduction to Legal Writing. Chapter 10. Fundamentals of Writing. Chapter 11. Transmittal Letter and Client Opinion Letter. Chapter 12. Writing Contracts. Chapter 13. Pleadings. Chapter 14. Law Office Memo. Chapter 15. Memorandum of Law. Chapter 16. Appellate Brief

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