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Foundations of Legal Research and Writingby Carol M Bast
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This text presents a unique approach to legal research and writing by giving equal weight to both areas. This up-to-date and classroom tested book includes outstanding chapters on research, including a chapter with detailed explanations of legal reasoning and analysis and another on computer-assisted legal research. The research chapters end with legal assignments, and cyber law exercises are included at the end of most chapters, which require students to perform computer-assisted legal research. The writing portion of the text devotes entire chapters to writing client opinion letters, pleadings, contracts, office memos, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. Sample documents are provided containing heavily footnoted tips, that are designed to provide students with as much help as possible in their writing. The text contains case excerpts, illustrating material introduced in the text and emphasizing the perils of performing inadequate legal research and writing poorly. Reader-friendly in tone, the many examples included will appeal to students and instructors alike.
This unique text presents a balanced approach to legal research and legal writing. Outstanding chapters on research are included and key topics such as legal reasoning and analysis and computer-assisted legal research are discussed. Chapter concepts are reinforced with end-of-chapter legal research assignments and cyber law exercises, which require students to perform computer-assisted legal research. The writing portion of the text devotes entire chapters to writing client opinion letters, pleadings, contracts, office memos, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. The many writing tips, case excerpts, and numerous examples provided make this reader-friendly text appealing to students, instructors, and professionals alike.
Real life examples, and sample documents serve as a resource for anyone who has to perform legal research or draft legal documents. A complete chapter is devoted to computer-assisted legal research written by an expert in the field.
About the Author
Carol M. Bast is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida and a member of The Florida Bar, the Orange County Bar Association and the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. Ms. Bast is a member of many professional organizations, including American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects and the Legal Writing Institute. She has won several professional awards, presented at numerous events and co-authored several publications, including FOUNDATIONS OF LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING AND FLORIDA COURTS. Carol M. Bast is a graduate of New York Law School and received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida and a Doctoral Degree in Spanish from the University of Florida.Margie Hawkins received her Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from the University of South Florida, and is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information science honor society. She holds undergraduate degrees in History and Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida. She is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the Florida-Caribbean Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), and the Orange County Bar Association. She served on the Advisory Committee for the Valencia Community College Paralegal Studies Program (1993-2006). Ms. Hawkins is a co-author of the 2nd and 3rd editions of Foundations of Legal Research and Writing. Her area of expertise is computer-assisted legal research and the Internet. Margie is the Librarian for the Orlando office of Holland and Knight LLP.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Law and Sources of Law Chapter 2: Legal Reasoning and Analysis Chapter 3: Secondary Sources and Finding Tools Chapter 4: The Judicial Branch and Cases Chapter 5: Primary Sources: Constitutions, Statutes, Court Rules, and Administrative Law Chapter 6: Citators Chapter 7: Overview of the Research Process Chapter 8: Computer Assisted Legal Research Chapter 9: Introduction to Legal Writing Chapter 10: Fundamentals of Writing Chapter 11: Transmittal Letter and Client Opinion Letter Chapter 12: Contracts Chapter 13: Pleadings Chapter 14: Law Office Memo Chapter 15: Memorandum of Law Chapter 16: Appellate Brief
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