Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method

ISBN-10: 073559189X

ISBN-13: 9780735591899

Edition: 4th 2010 (Revised)

Authors: Dernbach

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This concise, readily accessible text focuses the first-year law student on learning the basic principles of legal writing and analysis. Starting with a straightforward introduction to law and legal method and moving on to the basics of legal writing, the text then explores the specifics of writing memos and briefs. A classic in the field, A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method, Third Edition, has been redesigned and updated to appeal to a new generation of law students.Among the features that make this carefully crafted text a success:flexibility -- the essential skills of legal reasoning and analysis are presented in a straightforward manner that allows each teacher¿and student¿to use the material in his or her own wayintegration -- students are taught legal analysis in tandem with legal writing, concentrating on the basic principles of legal method and how to apply those principles in legal writingaccessibility -- legal reasoning and writing is presented in a simple and understandable manner, through the use of a series of accessible and simple guidelines;rigor -- focused exercises allow students to practice the guidelines presented in the textpracticality -- extensive appendices with examples of office memos, trial briefs, and appellate briefs allow students to see how the lessons in the text are used to create the documents that they will write as lawyersUpdated and redesigned, the Third Edition offers:new material on legal rules, synthesis, and organization of a legal discussion or argumentnew and updated examples throughoutnew user-friendly design and layout for enhanced accessibilityan improved Teacher¿s Manual, significantly expanded to include additional exercises, teaching suggestions, and advice for new teachers
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Book details

List price: $94.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication date: 6/30/2010
Binding: Paperback
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Introduction to Law
Rules and Policies
Sources of Law
Case Analysis and Case Briefs
Precedent and Stare Decisis
Basic Concepts of Legal Method
Understanding Legal Rules
Identifying and Selecting Issues for Analysis
Common Law Analysis
Statutory Analysis
Reaching a Conclusion
Basic Concepts of Legal Writing
Organization
Describing the Law
Explaining the Analysis
Signposting
Drafting the Discussion
Revising and Editing
The Office Memorandum
Elements of an Office Memorandum
The Discussion
Statement of Facts for a Memorandum
Questions Presented
Client Advisory Letters
Briefs
Elements of a Brief
Structure of the Argument
Persuasive Writing
Point Headings
Statement of Facts for a Brief
Briefs to a Trial Court
Briefs to an Appellate Court
Appendices
Bibliography
Index
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