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

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Overview

This new edition of the renowned text — based on the premise that students gain a better understanding of legal reasoning and legal writing when the two are taught together — continues to offer complete coverage of how to form a legal argument and write an effective legal memorandum. With examples and exercises included throughout, the book's sweeping coverage includes:

  • writing an office memo, a motion memo, and an appellate brief
  • chapters on oral argument, client letters, and client interviewing
  • a detailed description of the paradigm for organizing a proof of a conclusion of law - considered to be the best explanation in any legal writing text
  • thoughtful examination of legal reasoning covering all aspects from rule-based analysis to the strategy of persuasion
  • an in-depth discussion of the process of writing, style, and grammar, including instruction on the process of writing, as well as the mechanics of style and grammar
  • appendices containing an office memo, motion memo, and two appellate briefs

The Fourth Edition includes:

  • a new section on the ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation - the highly successful book by Aspen Law & Business that offers a
  • new alternative to legal citation
  • new sample documents in the Appendices including a new sample client letter and motion memorandum
  • updated cases in Chapters 1 & 2
  • new examples throughout the book that are highly accessible and student-friendly
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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735520042
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 507
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

SUMMARY OF CONTENTS

Preface

Acknowledgements

I. Introduction to Law and its Study3 1. An Introduction to American Law3 2. Rule-Based Reasoning

3. An Introduction to Judicial Decisions and Statutes

4. Briefing Cases

II. INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL WRITING

5. The Art of Legal Writing

6. The Process of Writing

III. Office Memoranda

7. Office Memoranda

8. Initially Obtaining the Facts: Client Interviewing

9. Predictive Writing

10. How to Organize Proof of a Conclusion of Law

IV. GENERAL WRITING SKILLS

11. Selecting Authority

12. Working with Precedent

13. Working With Statutes

14. Working with Facts

15. Paragraphing

16. Effective Style

17. Citations and Quotations

V. CLIENT LETTERS AND LAW SCHOOL EXAMINATION ANSWERS

18. Advising the Client in Writing: Client Letters

19. How to Write Exam Answers

VI. THE SHIFT TO PERSUASION

20. Developing a Persuasive Theory

21. Developing Persuasive Arguments

22. Handling the Procedural Posture

VII. MOTION MEMORANDA

23. Motion Memoranda

24. Point Headings and Sub-Headings

25. Statements of the Case

26. Questions Presented

VIII. APELLATE BRIEFS

27. Appellate Practice

28. Appellate Briefs

29. Writing the Appellate Brief

XI. INTO THE COURTROOM

30. Oral Argument

APPENDICES

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