A Practical Guide to Legal Writing & Legal Method

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Aspen Publishers, 2007 - Law - 406 pages
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 teacherand studentto use the material in his or her own way
integration -- 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 writing
accessibility -- 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 text
practicality -- 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 lawyers
Updated and redesigned, the Third Edition offers:
new material on legal rules, synthesis, and organization of a legal discussion or argument
new and updated examples throughout
new user-friendly design and layout for enhanced accessibility
an improved Teachers Manual, significantly expanded to include additional exercises, teaching suggestions, and advice for new teachers

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