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Legal Writing, Third Edition / Edition 3

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Legal Writing, Third Edition / Edition 3

Legal Writing, 3E is written in a engaging style with the authors explaining analytical writing in a concise, friendly, and accessible way. Legal Writing, 3E includes outstanding coverage on organizing analysis according to the CREAC formula (also known as the paradigm), the writing process, storytelling techniques, rule analysis, statutory interpretation, and professionalism. In addition, the book has a dynamic website that includes Sheila Simon's famed lasagna and other exercises together with checklists and other learning tools.

Key Features:

  • Expanded coverage of professional email
  • New sample documents: office memo, client letter, and motion memo
  • Revised chapters on legal rules, statutory interpretation, point headings
  • Expanded chapters on selecting authority, questions presented, and standards of review
  • New chapters on client counseling and interviewing
  • New, expanded, and updated exercises
  • Redesigned with a new and attractive layout and typography throughout the book

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781454830979
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory
Publication date: 02/04/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 214,746
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Writing and Professional Work

Part I: Legal Rules and Their Sources
Chapter 2. Inside a Rule of Law
Chapter 3. More About Rules (Including Where They Come From)
Chapter 4. Inside a Statute and Outlining One
Chapter 5. Inside a Case (a Judicial Opinion)
Chapter 6. Briefing a Case
Chapter 7. Policy and Why Courts Care About It
Chapter 8. Selecting the Most Appropriate Cases, Statutes, and Other Authority
Chapter 9. Working with Cases
Chapter 10. Working with Statutes

Part II: The Process of Writing
Chapter 11. Getting to Know Yourself as a Writer
Chapter 12. Inside the Process of Writing
Chapter 13. How Professional Writers Plan Their Writing

Part III: Office Memoranda
Chapter 14. Office Memorandum Format
Chapter 15. Predictive Writing in an Office Memorandum

Part IV: Organizing Analysis
Chapter 16. CREAC: A Formula for Organizing Proof of a Conclusion of Law
Chapter 17. Varying the Sequence and Depth of Rule Explanation and Rule Application
Chapter 18. Advanced CREAC: Organizing More Than One Issue
Chapter 19. Working with CREAC in First Drafts and in Later Drafts

Part V: Working Effectively with Details
Chapter 20. Organizing a Paragraph
Chapter 21. Writing an Effective Sentence
Chapter 22. Effective Style: Clarity, Vividness, and Conciseness
Chapter 23. Citing Authority
Chapter 24. Quoting Effectively

Part VI: The Shift to Persuasion
Chapter 25. What Persuades a Court?
Chapter 26. Writing a Motion Memorandum

Part VII: Telling the Client’s Story
Chapter 27. TheStatement of the Case in a Motion Memo or Appellate Brief
Chapter 28. Developing a Persuasive Story
Chapter 29. Telling the Story Persuasively

Part VIII: Making the Client’s Arguments
Chapter 30. The Argument in a Motion Memo or Appellate Brief
Chapter 31. Point Headings and Subheadings

Part IX: Appellate Briefs and Oral Argument
Chapter 32. Appellate Practice
Chapter 33. Writing the Appellate Brief
Chapter 34. Making Policy Arguments
Chapter 35. Questions Presented
Chapter 36. Oral Argument

Appendix A Sample Office Memorandum
Appendix B Sample Motion Memorandum
Appendix C Sample Appellate Brief

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