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Legal Writing and Analysis, Second Edition

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Publisher Comments:

Classroom-tested features of this bestselling text include:

- a consistent use of the legal method approach, from an opening chapter providing an overview of a civil case and the lawyer's role, to information about the legal system, case briefing, synthesizing cases, and statutory interpretation

- an emphasis on analogical reasoning and synthesizing cases, as well as rule-based and policy-based reasoning, with explanations of how to use these types of reasoning to organize a legal discussion

- a logical organization that starts with reading and analyzing the law and then moves on to writing the discussion of a legal question, writing an office memo and professional letters, and advocacy writing

- chapters addressing style and formality considerations as well as oral advocacy

- effective coverage of the use of precedent

- a superior discussion of small-scale organization, including the thesis paragraph

- numerous examples and frequent short exercises

- a comprehensive Teacher's Manual

The Second Edition offers

- new exercises, including increased focus on first-year courses

- a revision of Part Five on advocacy writing, streamlining the order of the chapters and adding more coverage of questions presented

- an updated citation chapter

- Chapter 12 on the Office Memorandum has been expanded to add another format for a question presented and is accompanied by an example

Book News Annotation:

For students, Edwards (Mercer U.) details the process of writing legal memos, professional correspondence, and legal briefs. The volume follows the traditional legal writing course syllabus. After explaining the legal system and lawyer's roles, she covers working with raw material for analysis, organizational formats for communicating the analysis of a legal question (IRAC or CRAC structures), the components of documents, citation and style, and oral arguments. Core chapters are followed by optional chapters for more in-depth study. Sample letters, memos, and briefs are included in the appendices. This edition contains an additional format option for drafting a Question Presented, it has been reorganized, and citation and quotation material has been revised to match current editions of the ALWD Citation Manual and the Bluebook. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

Aspen Publishers
Edwards, Linda H.
Legal Writing
Legal composition
United states
Legal briefs - United States
Edition Number:
Publication Date:
March 2007
10.03x7.07x.77 in. 1.41 lbs.

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