Legal Writing and Analysis, Third Edition / Edition 3

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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: 9780735598508
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 325,465
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Lawyers and the Legal Landscape

Ch. 1.Overview of the Lawyer’s Role

Ch. 2.The Legal System, the Common Law Process, and Kinds of Authority

Part II: Reading and Analyzing the Law

Ch. 3.Briefing and Synthesizing Cases

Ch. 4.Interpreting Statutes

Ch. 5.Forms of Legal Reasoning

Part III: Writing the Discussion of a Legal Question

Ch. 6.The Writing Process and Law-Trained Readers

Ch. 7.Large-Scale Organization: Creating an Annotated Outline

Ch. 8.Small-Scale Organization: Explaining the Law

Ch. 9.Small-Scale Organization: Applying the Law

Ch. 10.Discussing Multiple Issues: Putting It All Together

Ch. 11.Deepening Your Analysis

Part IV: Predictive Writing

Ch. 12.Writing and Office Memo

Ch. 13.Writing Professional Letters

Part V: The Shift to Advocacy

Ch. 14.Introduction to Brief-Writing

Ch. 15.Point Headings

Ch. 16.Writing a Fact Statement

Ch. 17.Writing a Trial-Level Brief

Ch. 18.Writing an Appellate Brief

Ch. 19.Using Legal Theory to Sharpen Your Arguments

Part VI: Style and Formalities

Ch. 20.Citations and Quotations

Ch. 21.Paragraphs, Sentences, and Style

Part VII: Oral Advocacy

Ch. 22.Oral Argument

Appendix A.Sample Office Memorandum
Appendix B.Sample Trial-Level Brief
Appendix C.Sample Appellate Brief
Appendix D.Sample Letters
Appendix E.Cases

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