The Legal Writing Handbook: Analysis Research & Writing, Fifth Edition / Edition 5

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Students and professors will welcome this new edition of the only text for legal writing and research that covers all three key components of the first-year course — research, writing, and analysis.

These distinctive features earned THE LEGAL WRITING HANDBOOK its popularity:

  • comprehensive coverage of analysis, writing, and research
  • teaches a state of the art approach to legal research, with an emphasis on electronic research
  • uses a process approach to lead students from pre-writing to drafting, editing, and the final draft
  • begins with the basics of the legal system, introducing students to how to read and analyze statutes and cases, then takes students through the process of writing an objective memorandum and trial and appellate briefs
  • offers resources to help students become more effective writers, including extensive guidance on effective legal style, grammar, and mechanics
  • demonstrates concepts through the use of examples
  • provides grammar and rhetorical/cultural information designed specifically for law students for whom English is a second language
  • broad coverage makes the book easy to adapt for two-, three-, or four-semester programs
  • provides numerous exercises in an accompanying Practice Book to help students master research and writing skills
  • the comprehensive Teacher¿s Manual and Teaching Materials website includes teaching guidance, handouts, and sample lessons and diagnostic test (also available online) for pinpointing writing problems

Through painstaking editing, the Fourth Edition incorporates new material without increasing the length of the book:

  • a reorganized and updated presentation of research reflects the changes in practice. Exhibits are now included on CD with the book, for easy reference.
  • a new section on legal reading
  • the section on writing memos includes new examples and an additional chapter on writing more sophisticated memos
  • the increased use of Practice Pointers and Questions reflects the latest research on active learning, while the emphasis on teaching underlying structures applies research on transfer of learning
  • new, short sections raise issues relating to professionalism and the role of lawyers
  • the chapter on effective paragraphs and the sections on Legal Writing for English-as-a-Second-Language Students and on bias-free and gender-neutral language are all thoroughly updated
  • new material offers advice on how to avoid procrastination and other writing obstacles

An author website to support classroom instruction using this title is available at

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735585164
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 848
  • Sales rank: 771,785
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Summary of Contents:

Book 1: Introduction

Chapter 1: Making the Transition
Chapter 2: The United States Legal System
Chapter 3: Reading and Analyzing Statutes and Cases

Book 2: Legal Research
Chapter 4: Introduction to Legal Research
Chapter 5: Researching Issues Governed by State Statutes and Regulations
Chapter 6: Researching Issues Governed by Federal Statutes and Regulations
Chapter 7: Researching Issues Governed by Common Law
Chapter 8: Researching Constitutional Issues
Chapter 9: Researching Issues Governed by County and City Ordinances
Chapter 10: Using Citators

Book 3: Objective Memoranda, Opinion Letters, and Email and Text Messages

Chapter 11: Drafting Memos
Chapter 12: Drafting Memo 1
Chapter 13: Drafting Memo 2
Chapter 14: Drafting Memos Requiring Other Types of Analysis
Chapter 15: Drafting Opinion Letters
Chapter 16: Drafting Email and Text Messages

Book 4: Briefs and Oral Argument
Chapter 17: Drafting Motion Briefs
Chapter 18: Drafting Appellate Briefs
Chapter 19: Making an Effective Oral Argument

Book 5: A Guide to Effective Writing

Chapter 20: Effective Writing – The Whole Paper
Chapter 21: Connections Between Paragraphs
Chapter 22: Effective Paragraphs
Chapter 23: Connections Between Sentences
Chapter 24: Effective Sentences
Chapter 25: Effective Words
Chapter 26: Eloquence

Book 6: A Guide to Correct Writing

Chapter 27: Grammar
Chapter 28: Punctuation
Chapter 29: Mechanics

Book 7: Legal Writing for English-as-a-Second-Language Writers

Chapter 30: A Guide to Legal Writing for English-as-a- Second-Language Writers

Glossary of Usage
Glossary of Terms

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