Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing / Edition 3 available in Paperback
Be the "go to" paralegal at your firm with the fourth edition of LEGAL RESEARCH, ANALYSIS, AND WRITING! This book shows you how to conduct reliable legal research, analyze the results, and write clear memoranda and other legal documents that are on-point and well supported. In addition to an easy-to-read format, this student favorite offers hypothetical scenarios, examples, and exercises that clarify the important work paralegals do every day to help law offices and legal departments run smoothly. Of course, the fourth edition offers the latest updates, with special attention to the electronic legal research tools common today. And, to add to your success, optional MindTap tools cater to your personal learning style with interactive quizzing, flashcards, and practice assignments that help you build momentum and confidence quickly.
About the Author
William Putman is a lawyer and former instructor in the programs for Legal Assistant Studies at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque and Paralegal Studies at Santa Fe Community College. A member of the New Mexico Bar since 1975, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law.
Jennifer Albright was an instructor and the Director of the Paralegal Studies and Judicial Studies programs at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque. She is currently adjunct faculty in Legal Assistant Studies at Phoenix College. Jennifer received her Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law and her LLM from Arizona State University. She a been a member of the New Mexico Bar since 1999.
Table of Contents
PART I: INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH, ANALYTICAL PRINCIPLES, AND THE LEGAL PROCESS. 1. Introduction to Legal Principles and Authorities. 2. Introduction to Legal Research and Analysis. PART II: LEGAL RESEARCH. 3. Constitutions, Statutes, Administrative Law, and Court RulesResearch and Analysis. 4. Case LawResearch and Briefing. 5. Secondary Authority and Other Research SourcesEncyclopedias, Treatises, American Law Reports, Digests, Shepard's. 6. Secondary AuthorityPeriodicals, Restatements, Uniform Laws, Dictionaries, Legislative History, and Other Secondary Authorities. 7. Computers and Internet Legal Research. 8. Commercial Internet Research. PART III: THE SPECIFICS OF LEGAL ANALYSIS. 9. Legal AnalysisKey Facts. 10. Legal AnalysisIssue Identification (Spotting the Issue). 11. Legal AnalysisStating the Issue. 12. Case Law AnalysisIs a Case on Point? 13. Counteranalysis. PART IV: LEGAL WRITING. 14. Fundamentals of Writing. 15. The Writing Process for Effective Legal Writing. 16. Office Legal Memorandum: Issues and Facts. 17. Office Legal Memorandum: Analysis to Conclusion. 18. External Memoranda: Court Briefs. 19. Correspondence. Appendix A: Court Opinions Referred to in the Text. Appendix B: Appellate Court Brief. Glossary. Index.