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A book dealing with the fundamentals of legal writing and research. Each chapter focuses only on the essential skills needed for success in the paralegal field. Topics include primary law, secondary sources, computers and other technology, citation, legal analysis and more. The text first describes the tools needed to conduct legal research, then shows how they're applied. Review charts, concrete examples, paralegal practice situations, tips from practicing paralegals, and chapter review questions and problems are included.
Overview of Legal Research and Writing. Legal Research: Starting Points. Primary Law. Primary Law Finders. Secondary Sources. Computers and Other Technology. Proper Identification: Citation. Basic Legal Analysis. Strategies for Research. Introduction to Legal Writing. Legal Writing Mechanics and Style. Correspondence. Office Memoranda. Instruments. Pleadings, Motions, and Discovery. Trial Memoranda and Appellate Briefs. Appendix A: U.S. Constitution