Legal Method and Writing, Fifth Edition / Edition 5

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Known and respected for its broad coverage and sharp focus on the needs of first-year law students, LEGAL METHOD AND WRITING has been fine tuned and updated for its Fifth Edition.

This sophisticated yet accessible book:

  • takes a comprehensive and practical approach to teaching writing and analysis skills
  • anchors basic skills to familiar examples — many drawn from contracts and torts — and ties them to interesting cases
  • covers different types of legal writing, including writing in law school, writing in the law office, advocacy writing, appellate brief, pretrial advocacy, and writing to parties, as well as pleadings, motions, contracts, letters, case briefs, course outlines, and examination essay answers
  • is highly regarded for its effectiveness in teaching students to apply legal reasoning skills to professional writing tasks
  • includes multicultural issues in problems and examples
  • gives students an opportunity to sharpen their skills through practical exercises
  • is accompanied by a comprehensive Teacher¿s Manual that gives advice on how to use the book in a variety of course configurations

Be sure to notice that the Fifth Edition features:

  • discussion of new developments and new examples to refine and improve existing material
  • skillful editing of assignments in the appendices and the coverage of exam writing to control the length of the book
  • updated citation coverage to correspond to the new editions of the Bluebook and ALWD

Please visit the new companion website to learn more about this book.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735553750
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 622
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Charts and Sample Documents
Pt. I Law School - Getting Started 1
Ch. 1 Introduction to Writing Style: Policy, Purpose, and Audience 3
Ch. 2 Overview of the Case Method of Study 13
Pt. II Introduction to the Legal System 19
Ch. 3 Common Law 21
Ch. 4 Legislation 29
Pt. III Legal Method and Analysis 49
Ch. 5 The Role of Precedent: The Court System and Stare Decisis 51
Ch. 6 Deductive Reasoning and IRAC - Introduction to Legal Analysis 69
Pt. IV Stepping Stones to Legal Memoranda - Case Briefs, Outlines, and Essay Exams 97
Ch. 7 Case Briefs 99
Ch. 8 Reorganization, Summary, and Inductive Reasoning in Outline Form 127
Ch. 9 Essay Examinations 149
Pt. V Neutral Analysis - The Office Memorandum of Law 169
Ch. 10 Introduction to the Law Library 171
Ch. 11 Content of the Office Memorandum of Law 191
Ch. 12 Organization of Office Memoranda and Briefs 217
Ch. 13 Legal Writing Style in the Office Memorandum 243
Ch. 14 Presenting, Quoting, and Citing to Authority 283
Pt. VI Introduction to Advocacy 319
Ch. 15 Advocacy: Overview and Ethics 321
Ch. 16 Developing Your Legal Arguments 327
Ch. 17 Expressing Your Advocacy: Persuasive Writing Style and Oral Argument 343
Pt. VII Pretrial Advocacy - Pleadings and Motions 357
Ch. 18 Pleadings 359
Ch. 19 Motion for Summary Judgment 381
Ch. 20 Motion to Exclude Evidence Before Trial 407
Pt. VIII Appellate Briefs 417
Ch. 21 Standards of Appellate Review 419
Ch. 22 The Brief - Effective Appellate Advocacy 427
Pt. IX Writing to Parties: Contracts and Correspondence 479
Ch. 23 Contracts 481
Ch. 24 Advice Letters 493
Ch. 25 Demand Letters 507
Appendices 523
App. I Introduction to the Legal System: Problems for Part II of the Main Text 525
App. II Legal Method and Analysis: Problems for Part III of the Main Text 529
App. III Case Briefs and Outlines: Assignments for Part IV of the Main Text 533
App. IV Office Memoranda: Assignments for Part V of the Main Text 541
App. V Legal Writing Style: Problems for Chapter 13 of the Main Text 569
App. VI Pleadings and Briefs: Assignments for Parts VI-VIII of the Main Text 573
Index 581
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