Synthesis Legal Reading, Reasoning, and Writing

ISBN-10: 1454808659
ISBN-13: 9781454808657
Edition: 4th 2014 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $117.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication date: 5/14/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 600
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Synthesis employs a successful step-by-step approach to effectivelegal reasoning and writing skills, teaching students how to think likea lawyer: how to read the law, how to reason a client’s situation, andhow to write about the case in different legal forms. One solid casefile—the HomeElderCare case involving the unauthorized practice oflaw—is used to demonstrate how to carefully analyze a case from theinitial client interview through appellate argument. Maintaining apedagogy designed to teach students in a variety of ways, the textincorporates numerous charts and diagrams for visual learners.Exercises—based on tort law issues that are particularly accessible tofirst-year students—provide opportunities for active application ofskills. Also included is complete coverage of memo and brief writing.Synthesis is accompanied by a Teacher’s Manual that containsadditional exercises based on different areas of the first-yearcurriculum, suggestions for how to most effectively use the book, andsample syllabi.Features:Utilizes a step-by-step approachguides students through effective legal reasoning and writingtacticsTeaches how to think like a lawyerhow to read the lawhow to reason a client’s situationhow to write about the situation in different legal formsUses one case filethe HomeElderCare case involving the unauthorized practice of lawdemonstrates how to carefully analyze a case from the initialclient interview through appellate argumentMaintains a pedagogy designed to teach in different ways, withnumerous charts and diagrams for visual learnersEmploys vigorous exercisesbased on tort law issues particularly accessible to first-yearstudentsprovides opportunities for active application of skillsIncludes a Teacher’s Manualadditional exercises based on different areas of the first-yearcurriculumsuggestions for effectively using the booksample syllabiOffers complete coverage of memo and brief writing

Summary of Contents
Introduction: The Lawyer's Roles and the Legal System
The Structure of Legal Rules
Reading Cases
Fusing Cases
Reading Statutes
Interpreting Statutes
Reading Commentary
Applying a Rule to Facts: Deductive Reasoning
Applying a Rule to Facts: Reasoning by Example and Public Policy Analysis
Rule-Driven Writing: The IRAC Template
Advisory Writing: The Function and Format of the Office Memo
The Office Memo: The Discussion
The Office Memo: Issues, Short Answers, and Conclusion
The Office Memo: The Facts
Advisory: The Function and Format of the Advice Letter
Persuasive Writing: The Function and Format of the Demand Letter
Advocacy Writing in the Pre-Trial and Trial Setting: The Function and Format of the Motion Practice Memorandum
Fundamentals of Advocacy
Advocacy Writing in the Appellate Setting: The Function and Format of the Appellate Brief
Advanced Advocacy
Oral Advocacy
The Writing Process
Paragraph Design, Sentence Structure, and Word Usage
Citation: ALWD Citation Manual
Citation: The Bluebook
Contract Drafting Exercises

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