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Legal Writing and Analysis / Edition 5

Legal Writing and Analysis / Edition 5

by Linda H. Edwards
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Legal Writing and Analysis, Fourth Edition, is a concise text that still has all of the clarity of Linda Edward’s writing style and process-based approach. In a sequence that mirrors legal practice, students learn to read and analyze the law; discuss and write about legal issues; compose office and email memos, professional correspondence, and briefs; and prepare oral arguments. This book teaches students how to use analogical reasoning, in addition to rule-based and policy-based reasoning, as a tool for synthesizing cases, how to organize a legal discussion using analysis and reasoning, and how to use precedent in persuasive legal writing, particularly with regard to cases.

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  • Thoroughly updated
  • Discusses how to write an office memo via email
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  • Adds updates to the citation rules, consistent with current citation authorities

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781543805178
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication date: 03/15/2019
Series: Aspen Coursebook Series
Edition description: 5th ed.
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 73,318
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. First Things First

Part I. The Process of Writing Predictively: The Office Memo

Stage One. Structuring For Analysis: Outlining the Working Draft

Chapter 2. Outlining a Rule of Law
Chapter 3. Outlining a Rule to Organize Your Analysis of a Legal Issue
Chapter 4. Formulating a Rule from a Case Opinion
Chapter 5. Formulating a Rule from Multiple Authorities
Chapter 6. Using a Rule to Form the Structure: Special Circumstances

Stage Two. Drafting for Analysis: Writing the Working Draft

Chapter 7. Writing the Analysis of a Single Issue: Rule Explanation
Chapter 8. Writing the Analysis of a Single Issue: Rule Application
Chapter 9. Writing the Analysis of a Single Issue: Organizing and Writing the Discussion of Multiple Authorities
Chapter 10.Writing the Analysis of Multiple Issues

Stage Three. Converting the Working Draft to an Office Memo

Chapter 11. The Office Memo and the Law-Trained Reader
Chapter 12. Organizing for Your Reader: The Discussion Section
Chapter 13. Completing the Draft of the Office Memo

Stage Four. Revising to Achieve a Final Draft

Chapter 14. Citations and Quotations
Chapter 15. Revising for Usage and Style

Part II. Professional Letter Writing

Chapter 16. Writing Professional Letters

Part III. The Process of Writing Persuasively: The Brief

Stage One. Structuring for Persuasion: Outlining the Working Draft

Chapter 17. Ethics, Judges, and Briefs
Chapter 18. Formulating and Structuring a Favorable Rule

Stage Two. Drafting for Persuasion: Writing the Working Draft

Chapter 19. Drafting Working Headings
Chapter 20. Writing the Working Draft

Stage Three. Converting the Working Draft to a Brief

Chapter 21. The Argument and the Format of the Brief
Chapter 22. The Statement of Facts

Stage Four. Revising to Achieve a Final Draft

Chapter 23. Editing the Brief
Chapter 24. Oral Argument

Appendix A. Sample Office Memorandum
Appendix B. Sample Office Memorandum
Appendix C. Sample Letters
Appendix D. Sample Trial-Level Brief
Appendix E. Sample Appellate Brief
Appendix F. Sample Appellate Brief
Appendix G. Cases Used in the Text’s Examples and Exercises

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