The Legal Research and Writing Handbook: A Basic Approach for Paralegals, Sixth Edition / Edition 6

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The highly successful textbook on research and writing makes every step of the process accessible to paralegal students. The authors provide effective research tools, practical strategies and an efficient procedure for researching the law with both traditional and electronic sources. Step-by-step instruction leads students through each stage of activity, from prewriting to revising, and covers the IRAC method, legal memoranda, letters, and more. Invaluable pedagogy features examples, exhibits, expert writing tips, exercises, practice tips, ethics alerts, and web resources. Detailed subheadings provide quick access to topics, and appendices on helpful topics such as Shepardizing and Cite Checking, Citation and Sample Memoranda round out the presentation. The Student Workbook provides for extensive practice, sharpening research and writing skills.

Thoroughly revised, the Sixth Edition presents new sample pages and updated exercises. Citation coverage has been updated to the 4th edition of ALWD and the 19th edition of The Bluebook. Inclusion of all the latest changes in legal research led to the revision of references, links, and examples. Students are now given more coaching on the practical aspects of outlining. The Instructor's Manual has expanded explanations, and answers to exercises and questions have been made clearer and more accessible.

Hallmark features of The Legal Research and Writing Handbook:

• Accessible coverage of every step of the research and writing process
Research tools and strategies

• teach an efficient process
• cover traditional and electronic sources

Step by step instruction in legal writing process

• prewriting strategies to revising
• the IRAC method
• legal memoranda, letters, and more

Excellent pedagogy

• examples and exhibits
• expert writing tips
• exercises
• practice tips
• ethics alerts
• web resources

Detailed subheadings for quick access to topics
Helpful appendices

• Shepardizing and Cite Checking
• Citation
• Sample Memoranda

Student Workbook―extensive practice in research and writing skills

Thoroughly updated, the revised Sixth Edition presents:

New sample pages
Citationcoverage updated to 4th edition of ALWD and 19th edition of The Bluebook
Latest changes in legal research
• Revised and updated material throughout:

• references
• links
• examples
• exercises

• More detail on practical aspects of outlining
• Thorough revision of the Instructor's Manual

• expanded explanations
• cogent and accessible answers to exercises and questions

*Instructor's Manuals are a professional courtesy offered to professors only. For more information or to request a copy, please contact Wolter's Kluwer Law & Business at 800.529.7545 or

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735507890
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 1/20/2012
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Sales rank: 672,005
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Legal Research

Chapter 1. Introduction to Legal Research

Chapter 2. What Law Governs

Chapter 3. Court Decisions

Chapter 4. Digests

Chapter 5. Validating

Chapter 6. Secondary Authority

Chapter 7. Constitutions and Statutes

Chapter 8. Legislative History

Chapter 9. Administrative Materials and Looseleaf Services

Chapter 10. Computerized Legal Research

Chapter 11. Practice Rules

Chapter 12. Ethical Rules

Chapter 13. Practitioner's Materials

Chapter 14. Research Strategy

Part II. Legal Writing

Chapter 15. Getting Ready to Write

Chapter 16. Clear Writing and Editing

Chapter 17. Writing Basics

Chapter 18. Case Briefing and Analysis

Chapter 19. The Legal Memorandum

Chapter 20. Questions Presented and Conclusions or Brief Answers

Chapter 21. Facts

Chapter 22. The IRAC Method

Chapter 23. Synthesizing Cases and Authorities

Chapter 24. Outlining and Organizing a Memorandum

Chapter 25. Letter Writing

Appendix A. Shepardizing and Cite Checking

Appendix B. Citation

Appendix C. Sample Memoranda

Appendix D. Helpful Web Sites

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