Off and Running A Practical Guide to Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing

ISBN-10: 1454836156
ISBN-13: 9781454836155
Edition: 2014
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Description: Off and Running is a unique text for the first semester of the 1L legalwriting and research course, designed to guide students through theirdevelopment of the essential skills needed to practice law. Using asingle, classroom-tested fact pattern, the  More...

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Book details

List price: $59.00
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication date: 3/6/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232

Off and Running is a unique text for the first semester of the 1L legalwriting and research course, designed to guide students through theirdevelopment of the essential skills needed to practice law. Using asingle, classroom-tested fact pattern, the authors demonstrate inconcrete steps how a first-year associate might approach a legalproblem. Students practice these steps and skills on other factpatterns, as they read about this fictional associate.Using this fresh approach and a plain-English writing style, the authorsintroduce essential concepts and skills related to objective legalwriting and legal research, with a particular emphasis on theprofessional and ethical representation of clients. Students learn howto think like a lawyer.Features:Fully integrated coursebook for first semester of 1L LRW course.Integrates research, analysis, and writing.Emphasis on how skills relate to the practice of law, with focus onboth litigation and transactional applications.Professionalism and ethics discussions, including "ethics alert"boxes, are integrated throughout the text.Presents one classroom-tested fact pattern to demonstrate how to i.d.the issues in the fact pattern, use legal resources to research thoseissues, and use the research results to write documents such as anobjective memorandum and a client letter.Professors may assign different fact patterns, set in otherjurisdictions, to have students demonstrate their skills. They mayalso assign a closed-universe problem during the early weeks of thesemester.Robust TM contains a series of suggested fact patterns andjurisdictions that professors may use as a resource, if desired. TheTM also includes suggestions on how to structure a closed-universeassignment, exercises, in-class activities, and other teachingstrategies.Other chapters cover an overview of the U.S. legal system, the basicsof grammar, punctuation and style; how to use e-mail effectively; andincorporating LW principles into litigation and transactionaldocuments.Book takes a streamlined approach, focusing on the essentials andusing plain English, in order to remain accessible to students

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