A Practical Guide to Legal Writing And Legal Method, Third Edition / Edition 3

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735562844
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I Introduction to Law
• Rules and Policies
• Sources of Law
• Case Analysis and Case Briefs
• Precedent and Stare Decisis

Part II Basic Concepts of Legal Method
• Understanding Legal Rules
• Identifying and Selecting Issues for Analysis
• Common Law Analysis
• Statutory Analysis
• Reaching a Conclusion

Part III Basic Concepts of Legal Writing
• Organization
• Describing the Law
• Explaining the Analysis
• Signposting
• Drafting the Discussion
• Revising and Editing

Part IV The Office Memorandum
• Elements of an Office Memorandum
• The Discussion
• Statement of Facts for a Memorandum
• Questions Presented

Part V Briefs
• Elements of a Brief
• The Argument
• Point Headings
• Statement of Facts for a Brief
• Briefs to a Trial Court
• Briefs to an Appellate Court


Appendix A Sample Office Memorandum

Appendix B Defendant¿s Brief to the Trial Court

Appendix C Plaintiff¿s Brief to the Trial Court

Appendix D District Court Opinion

Appendix E Appellant¿s Brief to Court of Appeals

Appendix F Appellee¿s Brief to Court of Appeals

Appendix G Selected Books on Style and Grammar

Bibliography Sources of Law

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