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Legal Reasoning and Legal Writing: Structure, Strategy, and Style, Third Edition
     

Legal Reasoning and Legal Writing: Structure, Strategy, and Style, Third Edition

by Richard K. Neumann, Richard A. Epstein (Editor), E. Allan Farnsworth (Editor)
 

A revision of Neumann's very successful basic legal writing text, this edition continues to give a strong foundation in legal analysis and to writing while refining and further improving the text based on user's responses. The text focuses on constructing a proof of a conclusion of law and teaches format, style, and grammar alongside the reasoning skills. (Chapter

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A revision of Neumann's very successful basic legal writing text, this edition continues to give a strong foundation in legal analysis and to writing while refining and further improving the text based on user's responses. The text focuses on constructing a proof of a conclusion of law and teaches format, style, and grammar alongside the reasoning skills. (Chapter 9, How to Organize Proof of a Conclusion of Law, is widely regarded as the best explanation of this topic in any legal writing text). The goal is to help students learn how to make writing decisions based on the need to prove analysis. Of special interest are chapters on client interviewing and client letters, sample client letters, an updated citation/quotation chapter to reflect changes in the 16th Edition of the Blue Book, sections that show students how to convert their raw materials into an organized first draft, and explanations on the process of writing - in detail and in many contexts. Combining clear, readable text with effective sample documents and exercises, Neumann has succeeded in creating a sophisticated, yet accessible, text carefully crafted for beginning legal writers. Table of Contents Preface Acknowledgments PART I: INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND ITS STUDY 1: An Introduction to American Law 1.1 The Origin of Common Law 1.2 How American Courts Are Organized 1.3 An Overview of the Litigation Process 1.4 The Importance of Understanding Procedure 1.5 The Adversary System 2: Rule-Based Reasoning 2.1 The Inner Structure of a Rule 2.2 Organizing the Application of a Rule 2.3 Some Things to Be Careful About with Rules 2.4 Causes of Action and Affirmative Defenses 2.5 Where Rules Come From (Sources of Law) 3: An Introduction to Judicial Opinions 3.1 The Anatomy of an Opinion 3.2 The Interdependence Among Facts, Issues, and Rules 4: Briefing Cases 4.1 Introduction 4.2 How to Brief a Case PART II: INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL WRITING 5: The Art of Legal Writing 5.1 The Language as a Professional Tool 5.2 Your Writing and Your Career 5.3 Predictive Writing and Persuasive Writing 5.4 The Art Forms of Legal Writing 6: The Process of Writing 6.1 Writing in Four Stages 6.2 Analyzing 6.3 Organizing 6.4 The First Draft 6.5 Rewriting 6.6 Some General Advice about Writing PART III: OFFICE MEMORANDA 7: Office Memoranda 7.1 Office Memorandum Format 7.2 Writing an Office Memorandum 8: Initially Obtaining the Facts: Client Interviewing 8.1 Introduction 8.2 Lawyers and Clients 8.3 How to Interview 9:Predictive Writing 9.1 How to Predict 9.2 How to Test Your Writing for Predictiveness 10: How to Organize Proof of a Conclusion of Law 10.1 A Paradigm for Structuring Proof 10.2 Why Readers Prefer This Type of Organization 10.3 How to Vary the Paradigm to Suit Your Needs 10.4 How to Start Working with the Paradigm 10.5 How to Test Your Writing for Effective Organization 11: Selecting Authority 11.1 Introduction 11.2 The Hierarchy of Authority 11.3 How Courts Use Dicta 11.4 How Courts React to Foreign Precedent 11.5 How to Use Foreign Precedent and Other Nonmandatory Authority to Fill a Gap in Local Law 11.6 How to Select Nonmandatory Precedent 11.7 How to Work Effectively in the Library 12: Working with Precedent 12.1 Eight Skills for Working with Precedent 12.2 Formulating a Variety of Rules from the Same Precedent 12.3 Analogizing and Distinguishing 12.4 Eliciting Policy from Precedent 12.5 Synthesis and Reconciliation 12.6 Testing for Realism and Marketability 12.7 Pulling It All Together 13: Working with Statutes 13.1 Ten Tools of Statutory Interpretation 13.2 How to Pull Together Statutory Analysis (Before

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Based on his experience that students learn legal reasoning and legal writing better when they are taught together, Neumann offers guidance on making professional writing decisions, constructing proof of a conclusion of law, and developing processes of writing. No dates are noted for earlier editions; the fourth updates references, case studies, and examples. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567066944
Publisher:
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
486

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