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SYNTHESIS: Legal Reading, Reasoning, and Writing, Third Edition takes a step-by-step approach to outlining effective legal reasoning and writing skills. This in-depth text offers complete coverage of memo and brief writing, using one continual example to tie together the materials in the book. Utilizing a pedagogy that caters to a variety of learning styles, this text teaches students how to think like a lawyer and encourages an active application of skills through exercises and problem-solving opportunities.

An abundance of solid features make this text a dependable choice for your classroom:

  • utilizes a step-by-step approach to help guide students to understanding effective legal reasoning and writing tactics
  • teaches students how to think like a lawyer, discussing key topics such as how to read the law, how to reason about a client¿s situation, and how to write about it in different legal forms
  • uses one case file¿the HomeElderCare case involving the unauthorized practice of law¿to demonstrate how to carefully analyze a case from the initial client interview through appellate argument
  • maintains a pedagogy designed to reach those who learn in different ways, incorporating numerous charts and diagrams for visual learners
  • exercises in the book¿based on a tort law issue that is particularly understandable for first-year students¿provide opportunities for active application of skills
  • includes a Teacher¿s Manual that contains additional exercises based on different areas of the first-year curriculum, suggestions for how to use the book effectively, and sample syllabi
Thoughtful changes to the Third Edition keep the text current for your classroom:
  • offers more consideration to transaction-based memos and advice letters
  • integrates material on demand letter
  • includes additional material on pleadings (complaints, answers, and discovery documents)
  • provides updated exercises and citation materials
  • supports negotiation by looking at how legal analysis frames deals and shapes dispute resolution
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735562837
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 6/22/2007
  • Series: Legal Research and Writing Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 604
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Exhibits
List of Studies and Ethics Boxes
Ch. 1 Introduction: The Lawyer's Roles and the Legal System 1
Ch. 2 The Structure of Legal Rules 11
Ch. 3 Reading Cases 21
Ch. 4 Fusing Cases 41
Ch. 5 Reading Statutes 51
Ch. 6 Interpreting Statutes 65
Ch. 7 Reading Commentary 77
Ch. 8 Applying a Rule to Facts: Deductive Reasoning 81
Ch. 9 Applying a Rule to Facts: Reasoning by Example and Policy Analysis 91
Ch. 10 Advisory Writing: The Function and Format of the Office Memo 103
Ch. 11 The Office Memo: The Discussion 111
Ch. 12 The Office Memo: Issues, Short Answers, and Conclusion 129
Ch. 13 The Office Memo: The Facts 137
Ch. 14 Advisory Writing: The Function and Format of the Advice Letter 145
Ch. 15 Advocacy Writing in the Pre-Trial and Trial Setting: The Function and Format of the Motion Practice Memorandum 157
Ch. 16 Fundamentals of Advocacy 179
Ch. 17 Advocacy Writing in the Appellate Setting: The Function and Format of the Appellate Brief 193
Ch. 18 Advanced Advocacy 217
Ch. 19 Oral Advocacy 233
HomeElderCare Case File 255
App. I The Writing Process 397
App. II Paragraph Design, Sentence Structure, and Word Usage 405
App. III.A Citation: ALWD Citation Manual 439
App. III.B Citation: The Bluebook 449
App. IV Contract Drafting 459
Exercises 471
Table of Authorities 533
Index 537
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