The Legal Research and Writing Handbook / Edition 1

The Legal Research and Writing Handbook / Edition 1

by Andrea B. Yelin, Hope V. Samborn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0316968099

ISBN-13: 9780316968096

Pub. Date: 12/31/1995

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

From building a checklist for research to outlining a memorandum, every aspect of the vital skills of research and writing is explained and illustrated in this practical and straightforward paperback. The book opens with a brief overview of the U.S. Legal System in which the authors introduce the types of authorities, discuss the role of the paralegal, and set a

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From building a checklist for research to outlining a memorandum, every aspect of the vital skills of research and writing is explained and illustrated in this practical and straightforward paperback. The book opens with a brief overview of the U.S. Legal System in which the authors introduce the types of authorities, discuss the role of the paralegal, and set a foundation for research and writing. The book then covers the topic in two logical parts—Legal Research and Legal Writing. Their careful pedagogy includes: a chapter devoted to computerized legal research, including: a comparison of LEXIS and WESTLAW numerous illustrations, including sample pages from common research sources exercises to practice researching and writing samples of good and bad student drafting overviews, summaries, and key terms a chapter on writing fundamentals handy appendices: Shepardizing and Cite Checking and Bluebook. A chapter devoted to computerized legal research, including a Citation. A Workbook of exercises tests students' knowledge of concepts, and a helpful Instructor's Resource Guide is available on disk to users of the text.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316968096
Publisher:
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication date:
12/31/1995
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
528

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1Legal Research1
Ch. 1Introduction to Legal Research3
Ch. 2What Law Governs17
Ch. 3Court Decisions29
Ch. 4Validating91
Ch. 5Secondary Authority117
Ch. 6Constitutions and Statutes151
AppState Legislative Reference Libraries187
Ch. 7Legislative History197
Ch. 8Administrative Materials and Looseleaf Services207
Ch. 9Computerized Legal Research237
Ch. 10Internet Research257
AppList of Helpful Web Sites269
Ch. 11Practice Rules279
Ch. 12Ethical Rules293
Ch. 13Practitioner's Materials303
Ch. 14Research Strategy319
Pt. IILegal Writing331
Ch. 15Getting Ready to Write333
Ch. 16Editing341
Ch. 17Writing Basics349
Ch. 18Briefing Cases359
Ch. 19The Legal Memorandum397
Ch. 20Questions Presented and Conclusions or Brief Answers407
Ch. 21Facts419
Ch. 22Synthesizing Cases and Authorities441
Ch. 23The Irac Method459
Ch. 24Outlining and Organizing a Memorandum473
Ch. 25Letter Writing505
Appendices525
App. AShepardizing and Cite Checking527
App. BCitation529
Index539

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