The Legal Writing Handbook: Analysis, Research & Writing, Fourth Edition / Edition 4

The Legal Writing Handbook: Analysis, Research & Writing, Fourth Edition / Edition 4

by Oates, Anne Enquist, Kelly Kunsch, Anne Enquist
     
 

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

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Overview

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 http://www.aspenlawschool.com/oates_enquist

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735555686
Publisher:
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication date:
04/02/2006
Edition description:
4TH BK&CDR
Pages:
914
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Sect. IA Course in Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing1
Pt. IA Foundation for Legal Writing3
Ch. 1An Overview of the United States Legal System5
Ch. 2An Introduction to Common and Enacted Law21
Ch. 3Reading and Analyzing Statutes and Cases29
Pt. IIObjective Memoranda, Client Letters, and Briefs39
Ch. 4The Objective Memorandum: Its Purpose, Audience, and Format41
Ch. 5The First Memorandum53
Ch. 6The Second Memorandum153
Ch. 7The Opinion Letter219
Ch. 8Writing a Trial Brief233
Ch. 9Writing an Appellate Brief305
Ch. 10Oral Advocacy415
Sect. IIResources in Legal Research, Style, and Grammar433
Pt. IIIA Guide to Legal Research435
Ch. 11Introduction to Legal Research437
Ch. 12Constitutions and Charters441
Ch. 13The Legislative Branch445
Ch. 14The Executive Branch and Administrative Agencies463
Ch. 15The Judicial Branch471
Ch. 16Secondary Sources489
Ch. 17Citators509
Ch. 18Computer-Assisted Legal Research523
Ch. 19How to Approach a Legal Research Problem: Sample Research Plans547
Pt. IVA Guide to Effective Writing557
Ch. 20Effective Writing - The Whole Paper559
Ch. 21Connections Between Paragraphs579
Ch. 22Effective Paragraphs587
Ch. 23Connections Between Sentences613
Ch. 24Effective Sentences633
Ch. 25Effective Words663
Ch. 26Eloquence719
Pt. VA Guide to Correct Writing737
Ch. 27Grammar739
Ch. 28Punctuation797
Ch. 29Mechanics863
Ch. 30Legal Writing for English-as-a-Second-Language Students883
Glossary of Usage929
Glossary of Terms937
Index945

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