A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method / Edition 4

A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method / Edition 4

by John C. Dernbach
     
 

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ISBN-10: 073559189X

ISBN-13: 9780735591899

Pub. Date: 06/30/2010

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

This concise, readily accessible text focuses the first-year law student on learning the basic principles of legal writing and analysis. Starting with a straightforward introduction to law and legal method and moving on to the basics of legal writing, the text then explores the specifics of writing memos and briefs. A classic in the field, A Practical Guide to

Overview

This concise, readily accessible text focuses the first-year law student on learning the basic principles of legal writing and analysis. Starting with a straightforward introduction to law and legal method and moving on to the basics of legal writing, the text then explores the specifics of writing memos and briefs. A classic in the field, A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method, Third Edition, has been redesigned and updated to appeal to a new generation of law students.

Among the features that make this carefully crafted text a success:

  • flexibility — the essential skills of legal reasoning and analysis are presented in a straightforward manner that allows each teacher¿and student¿to use the material in his or her own way
  • integration — students are taught legal analysis in tandem with legal writing, concentrating on the basic principles of legal method and how to apply those principles in legal writing
  • accessibility — legal reasoning and writing is presented in a simple and understandable manner, through the use of a series of accessible and simple guidelines;
  • rigor — focused exercises allow students to practice the guidelines presented in the text
  • practicality — extensive appendices with examples of office memos, trial briefs, and appellate briefs allow students to see how the lessons in the text are used to create the documents that they will write as lawyers

Updated and redesigned, the Third Edition offers:

  • new material on legal rules, synthesis, and organization of a legal discussion or argument
  • new and updated examples throughout
  • new user-friendly design and layout for enhanced accessibility
  • an improved Teacher¿s Manual, significantly expanded to include additional exercises, teaching suggestions, and advice for new teachers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735591899
Publisher:
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication date:
06/30/2010
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
522
Sales rank:
341,907
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Part A: Introduction to Law

Chapter 1. Rules and Policies
Chapter 2. Sources of Law
Chapter 3. Case Analysis and Case Briefs
Chapter 4. Precedent and Stare Decisis

Part B: Basic Concepts of Legal Method

Chapter 5. Understanding Legal Rules
Chapter 6. Identifying and Selecting Issues for Analysis
Chapter 7. Common Law Analysis
Chapter 8. Statutory Analysis
Chapter 9. Reaching a Conclusion

Part C: Basic Concepts of Legal Writing

Chapter 10. Organization
Chapter 11. Describing the Law
Chapter 12. Explaining the Analysis
Chapter 13. Signposting
Chapter 14. Drafting the Discussion
Chapter 15. Revising and Editing

Part D: The Office Memorandum

Chapter 16. Elements of an Office Memorandum
Chapter 17. The Discussion
Chapter 18. Statement of Facts for a Memorandum
Chapter 19. Questions Presented
Chapter 20. Client Advisory Letters

Part E: Briefs

Chapter 21. Elements of a Brief
Chapter 22. Structure of the Argument
Chapter 23. Persuasive Writing
Chapter 24. Point Headings
Chapter 25. Statement of Facts for a Brief
Chapter 26. Briefs to a Trial Court
Chapter 27. Briefs to an Appellate Court

Appendices
Bibliography
Index

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