The Legal Writing Handbook: Analysis, Research, and Writing, Third Edition / Edition 3

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By covering all three key components of the basic Legal Writing course - research, writing, and analysis - this process-oriented coursebook has earned its posiiton as a leading text in the field. Now, Legal Writing Handbook, Third Edition, builids on its success to help students master the skills they will use throughout their careers.

The authors preserve the distinctive features that have made their book so effective:

  • the only text with sufficiently broad coverage to help students become both effective researchers and competent writers
  • the process approach leads students through pre-writing to drafting, editing, and the final draft by progressing from basic to more sophisticated skills, the authors lead students to success
  • excellent examples demonstrate effective writing throughout the text
  • the book begins with an overview of the legal system and how to analyze statutes and cases. From this foundation, the authors move to writing the objective memorandum and trial and appellate briefs
  • distinctive handbook format offers short segments for easy reference
  • a unique chapter on the needs of students for whom English is a second language
  • a separate Practice Book that gives numerous exercises for students to test the skills they are learning

Important new and revised material in the Third Edition includes:

  • a separate chapter on the Trial Brief, with examples
  • a new chapter on Legal Reading, reflecting research on the differences between expert and novice legal readers
  • examples of client letters
  • tightly edited legal research materials for greater accessibility
  • updated material bias-free language
  • citation sections with full coverage of the ALWD Citation Manual
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Editorial Reviews

This handbook comprises four complete guides covering various aspects of legal writing. The first discusses the basics of the discipline and describes the writing of specific types of documents<-->memoranda, client letters, and briefs. The others offer instruction on research, effective writing, and correct writing. Examples appear throughout the text, illustrating the principles the book articulates. A glossary of usage and a glossary of terms are provided. The authors are the director of a legal writing program, a writing advisor, and a reference librarian, all affiliated with Seattle University School of Law. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735524873
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 954
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 1.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. I A Course in Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing 1
Pt. I A Foundation for Legal Writing 3
Ch. 1 An Overview of the United States Legal System 5
Ch. 2 An Introduction to Common and Enacted Law 21
Ch. 3 Reading and Analyzing Statutes and Cases 29
Pt. II Objective Memoranda, Client Letters, and Briefs 39
Ch. 4 The Objective Memorandum: Its Purpose, Audience, and Format 41
Ch. 5 The First Memorandum 53
Ch. 6 The Second Memorandum 153
Ch. 7 The Opinion Letter 219
Ch. 8 Writing a Trial Brief 233
Ch. 9 Writing an Appellate Brief 305
Ch. 10 Oral Advocacy 415
Sect. II Resources in Legal Research, Style, and Grammar 433
Pt. III A Guide to Legal Research 435
Ch. 11 Introduction to Legal Research 437
Ch. 12 Constitutions and Charters 441
Ch. 13 The Legislative Branch 445
Ch. 14 The Executive Branch and Administrative Agencies 463
Ch. 15 The Judicial Branch 471
Ch. 16 Secondary Sources 489
Ch. 17 Citators 509
Ch. 18 Computer-Assisted Legal Research 523
Ch. 19 How to Approach a Legal Research Problem: Sample Research Plans 547
Pt. IV A Guide to Effective Writing 557
Ch. 20 Effective Writing - The Whole Paper 559
Ch. 21 Connections Between Paragraphs 579
Ch. 22 Effective Paragraphs 587
Ch. 23 Connections Between Sentences 613
Ch. 24 Effective Sentences 633
Ch. 25 Effective Words 663
Ch. 26 Eloquence 719
Pt. V A Guide to Correct Writing 737
Ch. 27 Grammar 739
Ch. 28 Punctuation 797
Ch. 29 Mechanics 863
Ch. 30 Legal Writing for English-as-a-Second-Language Students 883
Glossary of Usage 929
Glossary of Terms 937
Index 945
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