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From Richard K. Neumann, Jr., and Sheila Simon — both widely known for their creative contributions to the Legal Writing field — comes this new, streamlined text for the basic legal writing course. It takes a student-friendly approach and provides concise but complete explanations of writing skills. And it is supplemented by a dynamic and unique website with many additional teaching tools.

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Overview

From Richard K. Neumann, Jr., and Sheila Simon — both widely known for their creative contributions to the Legal Writing field — comes this new, streamlined text for the basic legal writing course. It takes a student-friendly approach and provides concise but complete explanations of writing skills. And it is supplemented by a dynamic and unique website with many additional teaching tools.

This concise, basic text for legal writing courses features:

  • succinct explanations that don’t sacrifice coverage
  • step-by-step guidance through the process of writing
  • manageably short chapters focused on essential skills
  • improved explanation of the CREAC formula (also known as the paradigm)
  • innovative and vivid coverage of how to use storytelling in fact statements
  • coverage of office memos, motion memos, and appellate briefs
  • checklists and exercises throughout

Classes using Richard K.Neumann Jr. and Sheila Simon’s Legal Writing will have access to a unique and dynamic website with a wide range of features, including:

  • many of Sheila Simon’s most creative and famous teaching tools
  • audio recordings of teachers and writers talking about the writing process
  • printable checklists for rewriting
  • additional exercises
  • additional coverage on letter-writing, client interviewing, punctuation, and more

Legal Writing represents a generous teaching package made up of a very clear and concise textbook, a dynamic website, and a detailed Teacher’s Manual.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735564251
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Pages: 314

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Writing and Professional Work

Part I: Legal Rules and Their Sources
Chapter 2. Inside a Rule of Law
Chapter 3. More About Rules (Including Where They Come From)
Chapter 4. Inside a Statute and Outlining One
Chapter 5. Inside a Case (a Judicial Opinion)
Chapter 6. Briefing a Case
Chapter 7. Policy and Why Courts Care About It
Chapter 8. Selecting the Most Appropriate Cases, Statutes, and Other Authority
Chapter 9. Working with Cases
Chapter 10. Working with Statutes

Part II: The Process of Writing
Chapter 11. Getting to Know Yourself as a Writer
Chapter 12. Inside the Process of Writing
Chapter 13. How Professional Writers Plan Their Writing

Part III: Office Memoranda
Chapter 14. Office Memorandum Format
Chapter 15. Predictive Writing in an Office Memorandum

Part IV: Organizing Analysis
Chapter 16. CREAC: A Formula for Organizing Proof of a Conclusion of Law
Chapter 17. Varying the Sequence and Depth of Rule Explanation and Rule Application
Chapter 18. Advanced CREAC: Organizing More Than One Issue
Chapter 19. Working with CREAC in First Drafts and in Later Drafts

Part V: Working Effectively with Details
Chapter 20. Organizing a Paragraph
Chapter 21. Writing an Effective Sentence
Chapter 22. Effective Style: Clarity, Vividness, and Conciseness
Chapter 23. Citing Authority
Chapter 24. Quoting Effectively

Part VI: The Shift to Persuasion
Chapter 25. What Persuades a Court?
Chapter 26. Writing a Motion Memorandum

Part VII: Telling the Client’s Story
Chapter 27. The Statement of the Case in a Motion Memo or Appellate Brief
Chapter 28. Developing a Persuasive Story
Chapter 29. Telling the Story Persuasively

Part VIII: Making the Client’s Arguments
Chapter 30. The Argument in a Motion Memo or Appellate Brief
Chapter 31. Point Headings and Subheadings

Part IX: Appellate Briefs and Oral Argument
Chapter 32. Appellate Practice
Chapter 33. Writing the Appellate Brief
Chapter 34. Making Policy Arguments
Chapter 35. Questions Presented
Chapter 36. Oral Argument

Appendix A Sample Office Memorandum
Appendix B Sample Motion Memorandum
Appendix C Sample Appellate Brief

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