Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing / Edition 3

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Comprehensive yet easy to understand, the third edition of LEGAL RESEARCH, ANALYSIS, AND WRITING teaches the fundamentals in a hands-on, step-by-step format that is designed to build confidence. With coverage of key topics such as research analytical principles, legal research, legal analysis, and legal writing, this popular book covers the information readers need to know in order to find, access, apply, and analyze legal materials. Numerous hypotheticals, examples, and exercises clarify material and give readers additional opportunities for practice. In addition, the third edition includes the most up-to-date information in the field, with special attention given to electronic research programs such as WestlawNext, LexisNexis interface, Shepard's online, and Westlaw's KeyCite.
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"Putman provides more detailed discussion of the legal research, analysis and writing process, with specific examples as illustrations in each chapter. This is very helpful in illustrating the basic concepts to students in a practical manner."

"The author's writing style is well-suited to the material in the test. The author explains clearly and logically the material. This subject matter can be dry and confusing, but the author sets it out clearly and in a manner that is easy for the student to grasp. This is a strength of the text that is not shared by many legal research and writing texts."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133591900
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 143,884
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

William Putman was an instructor in the Legal Assistant Studies Program at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as the Paralegal Studies Program at Santa Fe Community College, in Santa Fe, New Mexico for ten years. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and has been a member of the New Mexico Bar since 1975.

Jennifer Albright was the Director of the Paralegal Studies and Judicial Studies programs at Central New Mexico Community College for six years. She was a full-time instructor in both programs for nine years. She is currently an adjunct faculty in Legal Assistant Studies at Phoenix College and pursuing her LL.M. at Arizona State University. Jennifer received her Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law and has been a member of the New Mexico Bar since 1999.

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Table of Contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH, ANALYTICAL PRINCIPLES, AND THE LEGAL PROCESS. 1. Introduction to Legal Principles and Authorities. 2. Introduction to Legal Research and Analysis. PART II: LEGAL RESEARCH. 3. Constitutions, Statutes, Administrative Law, and Court Rules--Research and Analysis. 4. Case Law--Research and Briefing. 5. Secondary Authority and Other Research Sources--Encyclopedias, Treatises, American Law Reports, Digests, Shepard's. 6. Secondary Authority-- Periodicals, Restatements, Uniform Laws, Dictionaries, Legislative History, and Other Secondary Authorities. 7. Computers and Legal Research. 8. Legal Citation. PART III: THE SPECIFICS OF LEGAL ANALYSIS. 9. Legal Analysis--Key Facts. 10. Legal Analysis--Issue Identification--Spotting the Issue. 11. Legal Analysis--Stating the Issue. 12. Case Law Analysis--Is a Case on Point? 13. Counteranalysis. PART IV: LEGAL WRITING. 14. Fundamentals of Writing. 15. The Writing Process for Effective Legal Writing. 16. Office Legal Memorandum: Issues and Facts. 17. Office Legal Memorandum: Analysis to Conclusion. 18. External Memoranda: Court Briefs. 19. Correspondence. Appendix A: Court Opinions Referred to in the Text. Appendix B: Appellate Court Brief. Appendix C: Web Sites. Glossary. Index.
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