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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780314159946
  • Publisher: West Academic Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Series: American Casebook Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 74
  • Sales rank: 1,216,960
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     iii
Becoming Fluent in United States Legal Discourse     1
Introduction     1
Legal English vs. Legal Discourse     2
Close Reading Exercise 1: An Opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court     7
Discourse Practices in Representing a Client     10
Introduction     10
Discourse Practices in a U.S. Law Firm     11
Understanding Law Firm Discourse     12
The Discourse of the Initial Meeting     13
Preparing for the Initial Meeting: Background Reading     14
Discourse Practice 1: Read the Assignment Email     15
What Is a Law Review Article?     15
Recognizing Common Law Argumentation     16
The Common Law Rubric     16
Recognizing the CL Rubric in a Sample Legal Discourse     17
CL Rubric Exercise     23
Close Reading Exercise 2: The Law Review Article     23
Introduction to Legal Citation     24
Scholarly Discourse About the Law     26
Introduction     26
Textual Analysis of a Law Review Article     26
The Author Must Have a Valuable and Novel Thesis     27
The Author Will Have a Point of View     28
Analyzing the Structure ofthe Scholarly Article     28
The Abstract     28
Using the Table of Contents to Evaluate the Usefulness of the Article     29
The Author Sets Out His Point of View in the Introduction     30
Building Background Knowledge: The Literature Review     31
Analyzing Analogous Case Law     31
Evaluating a Legal Citation     32
Evaluating a Legal Argument     34
Close Reading Exercise 3: Writing a Student Article     36
Judicial Discourse as the Law     38
Introduction     38
Understanding the Judge's Point of View     38
Understanding the Judge's Audience     39
Performing a Close Reading of a Court Opinion     40
Evaluate a Case by Examining Its Citation     41
The West Summary     41
West Headnotes     41
Evaluating a Court's Legal Argument     42
Establishing the Prior Law: Step One in the CL Rubric     43
Explaining the Court's Rationale: Step Two in the CL Rubric     44
Comparing the Application of the Law in the Prior Case to the Present Case: Step Three in the CL Rubric     45
Making a Ruling: Step Four in the CL Rubric     47
Close Reading Exercise 4: Evaluating an Analogous Case      49
Evaluating Analytical Legal Writing: The Office Memorandum     50
Introduction     50
Audience for the Office Memorandum     51
Meeting the Expectations of the Reader/the Writer's Purpose     52
The Office Memorandum     54
Overall Organization of the Office Memorandum     54
The Questions Presented and Brief Answers     55
Interconnection Between the Questions and the Discussion Section: Signaling the Organization of the Discussion     59
The Discussion Section: Common Law Argumentation, Again     60
The Conclusion     63
Close Reading Exercise 5: Analyzing an Office Memorandum     63
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