The Legal Research and Writing Handbook / Edition 1

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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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Legal Research 1
Ch. 1 Introduction to Legal Research 3
Ch. 2 What Law Governs 17
Ch. 3 Court Decisions 29
Ch. 4 Validating 91
Ch. 5 Secondary Authority 117
Ch. 6 Constitutions and Statutes 151
App State Legislative Reference Libraries 187
Ch. 7 Legislative History 197
Ch. 8 Administrative Materials and Looseleaf Services 207
Ch. 9 Computerized Legal Research 237
Ch. 10 Internet Research 257
App List of Helpful Web Sites 269
Ch. 11 Practice Rules 279
Ch. 12 Ethical Rules 293
Ch. 13 Practitioner's Materials 303
Ch. 14 Research Strategy 319
Pt. II Legal Writing 331
Ch. 15 Getting Ready to Write 333
Ch. 16 Editing 341
Ch. 17 Writing Basics 349
Ch. 18 Briefing Cases 359
Ch. 19 The Legal Memorandum 397
Ch. 20 Questions Presented and Conclusions or Brief Answers 407
Ch. 21 Facts 419
Ch. 22 Synthesizing Cases and Authorities 441
Ch. 23 The Irac Method 459
Ch. 24 Outlining and Organizing a Memorandum 473
Ch. 25 Letter Writing 505
Appendices 525
App. A Shepardizing and Cite Checking 527
App. B Citation 529
Index 539
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