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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735556560
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • 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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