Legal Writing / Edition 4

Legal Writing / Edition 4

by Linda H. Edwards
     
 

ISBN-10: 0735556563

ISBN-13: 9780735556560

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

Instructors who want to concentrate on the basics of legal writing will welcome the new edition of this successful process-oriented text. LEGAL WRITING: Process, Analysis, and Organization, Fourth Edition, is a concise and straightforward guide for the beginner.

The book is designed to facilitate learning:

  • provides a basic guide to the skills of
  • Overview

    Instructors who want to concentrate on the basics of legal writing will welcome the new edition of this successful process-oriented text. LEGAL WRITING: Process, Analysis, and Organization, Fourth Edition, is a concise and straightforward guide for the beginner.

    The book is designed to facilitate learning:

  • provides a basic guide to the skills of legal writing
  • process-oriented text takes students step by step through outlining, creating a working draft, creating the final document, and revising effectively
  • teaches reasoning and writing as two interrelated processes by integrating creating a rule of law into the writing process and linking it to the large-scale organization of the document The author pays close attention to different learning styles, keeping the book teachable and accessible
  • concrete explanations and examples reinforce the material
  • exercises help students build their writing skills
  • appendices include a sample office memorandum, trial brief, appellate brief, and cases uses in the examples and exercises

    Changes for the Fourth Edition enhance the teachability of the book:

  • two more sample documents are introduced, and all the documents in the appendices are identified as examples of particular common kinds of analysis
  • materials are streamlined wherever possible to control the length of the text
  • citation materials are fully updated

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780735556560
    Publisher:
    Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
    Publication date:
    03/31/2006
    Edition description:
    Older Edition
    Pages:
    468
    Product dimensions:
    10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.94(d)

    Table of Contents


    • First Things First

    Part I. The Process of Writing Predictively: The Office Memo

    Stage One. Structuring For Analysis: Outlining the Working Draft
    • Outlining a Rule of Law
    • Outlining a Rule to Organize Your Analysis of a Legal Issue
    • Formulating a Rule from a Case Opinion
    • Formulating a Rule from Multiple Authorities
    • Using a Rule to Form the Structure: Special Circumstances

    Stage Two. Drafting for Analysis: Writing the Working Draft
    • Writing the Analysis of a Single Issue: Rule Explanation
    • Writing the Analysis of a Single Issue: Rule Application
    • Writing the Analysis of a Single Issue: Organizing and Writing the Discussion of Multiple Authorities
    • Writing the Analysis of Multiple Issues

    Stage Three. Converting the Working Draft to an Office Memo
    • The Office Memo and the Law-Trained Reader
    • Organizing for Your Reader: The Discussion Section
    • Completing the Draft of the Office Memo

    Stage Four. Revising to Achieve a Final Draft
    • Citations and Quotations
    • Revising for Usage and Style

    Part II. The Process of Writing Persuasively: The Brief

    Stage One. Structuring for Persuasion: Outlining the Working Draft
    • Ethics, Judges, and Briefs
    • Formulating and Structuring a Favorable Rule

    Stage Two. Drafting for Persuasion: Writing the Working Draft
    • Drafting Working Headings
    • Writing the Working Draft

    Stage Three. Converting the Working Draft to a Brief
    • The Argument and the Format of the Brief
    • The Statement of Facts

    Stage Four. Revising to Achieve a Final Draft
    • Editing the Brief
    • Oral Argument

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