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Ideal for beginning legal writers, this logically organized and exceptionally well-written text offers a concise and straightforward guide to legal writing and analysis. Updated to include exercises with increased focus on first-year courses, Legal Writing and Analysis, Second Edition, starts with an overview of the legal system and the lawyer¿s role, then leads students from reading and analyzing the law through the process of legal writing, providing numerous examples and exercises along the way.

Classroom-tested features of this bestselling text include:

  • a consistent use of the legal method approach, from an opening chapter providing an overview of a civil case and the lawyer¿s role, to information about the legal system, case briefing, synthesizing cases, and statutory interpretation
  • an emphasis on analogical reasoning and synthesizing cases, as well as rule-based and policy-based reasoning, with explanations of how to use these types of reasoning to organize a legal discussion
  • a logical organization that starts with reading and analyzing the law and then moves on to writing the discussion of a legal question, writing an office memo and professional letters, and advocacy writing.
  • chapters addressing style and formality considerations as well as oral advocacy
  • effective coverage of the use of precedent
  • a superior discussion of small-scale organization, including the thesis paragraph
  • numerous examples and frequent short exercises that encourage students to apply concepts
  • a comprehensive Teacher¿s Manual that offers helpful advice for instructors.

The Second Edition offers

  • new exercises, including increased focus on first-year courses.
  • a revision of Part Five on advocacy writing, streamlining the order of the chapters and adding more coverage of questions presented
  • an updated citation chapter.
  • Chapter 12 on the Office Memorandum has been expanded to add another format for a question presented and is accompanied by an example

Please visit the new companion website to learn more about this book.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735562295
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Lawyers and the Legal Landscape 1
1 Overview of the Lawyer's Role 3
2 The Legal System, the Common Law Process, and Kinds of Authority 13
Pt. 2 Reading and Analyzing the Law 29
3 Briefing and Synthesizing Cases 31
4 Interpreting Statutes 45
5 Forms of Legal Reasoning 55
Pt. 3 Writing the Discussion of a Legal Question 63
6 The Writing Process and Law-Trained Readers 65
7 Large-Scale Organization: Creating an Annotated Outline 77
8 Small-Scale Organization: Explaining the Law 89
9 Small-Scale Organization: Applying the Law 101
10 Discussing Multiple Issues: Putting It All Together 109
11 Deepening Your Analysis 117
Pt. 4 Predictive Writing 125
12 Writing an Office Memo 127
13 Writing Professional Letters 143
Pt. 5 The Shift to Advocacy 157
14 Introduction to Brief-Writing 159
15 Point Headings 173
16 Writing a Fact Statement 183
17 Writing a Trial-Level Brief 201
18 Writing an Appellate Brief 213
19 Using Legal Theory to Sharpen Your Arguments 225
Pt. 6 Style and Formalities 243
20 Citations and Quotations 245
21 Paragraphs, Sentences, and Style 269
Pt. 7 Oral Advocacy 283
22 Oral Argument 285
App. A: Sample Office Memorandum 299
App. B: Sample Trial-Level Brief 305
App. C: Sample Appellate Brief 311
App. D: Sample Letters 321
App. E: Cases 329
Index 339
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