Legal Reasoning and Legal Writing: Structure, Strategy, and Style

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Aspen Publishers, 2005 - Law - 542 pages
The new edition of this highly successful text remains grounded in the premise that legal reasoning and legal writing are learned better when they are taught together. Building on that foundation, The book offers complete coverage of how to form a legal argument and how to write an effective legal memorandum. the Fifth Edition preserves the features that earned the book its loyal following: comprehensive coverage of writing an office memo, a motion memo, and an appellate brief, along with chapters on oral argument, client letters, and client interviewing the best available explanation of the reasoning underlying the proof of a conclusion of law in Explanation of the Paradigm for Organizing a Proof of a Conclusion of Law thoughtful treatment of all aspects of legal reasoning, from rule-based analysis To The strategy of persuasion instruction on the process of writing, As well as the mechanics of style and grammar textual explanations that include example and exercises when appropriate appendices including an office memo, two lawyer¿s letters, a motion memo, and two appellate briefs the skillful guidance of author Richard K. Neumann, Jr., who is highly regarded for both his scholarship and his writing This extensive revision responds to feedback from both students and instructors: Chapter 2 on Rules of Law rewritten to make the material more accessible the chapter on Organizing Proof of a Conclusion of Law (formerly Chapter 10) has been reorganized into 4 separate chapters ¿ with new exercises ¿ to make the material more understandable for students examples, exercises, and skill explanations are updated and refined new chapter on demand letters Please visit the new companion website to learn more about this book. Website:

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