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Legal Writing : Process, Analysis, and Organization

Legal Writing : Process, Analysis, and Organization - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0735556560

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Legal Writing : Process, Analysis, and Organization - 4TH 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0735556560

Linda H. Edwards

ISBN13: 978-0735556560
ISBN10: 0735556563
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 4TH 06
Publisher: Aspen Law

Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

Legal writing will welcome the new edition of this successful process-oriented text. LEGAL WRITING: Process, Analysis, and Organization, Fourth Edition, is a concise and straightforward guide for the beginner.

The book is designed to facilitate learning:

  • provides a basic guide to the skills of legal writing
  • process-oriented text takes students step by step through outlining, creating a working draft, creating the final document, and revising effectively
  • teaches reasoning and writing as two interrelated processes by integrating creating a rule of law into the writing process and linking it to the large-scale organization of the document The author pays close attention to different learning styles, keeping the book teachable and accessible
  • concrete explanations and examples reinforce the material
  • exercises help students build their writing skills
  • appendices include a sample office memorandum, trial brief, appellate brief, and cases uses in the examples and exercises

Changes for the Fourth Edition enhance the teachability of the book:

  • two more sample documents are introduced, and all the documents in the appendices are identified as examples of particular common kinds of analysis
  • materials are streamlined wherever possible to control the length of the text
  • citation materials are fully updated

Table of Contents

Part I. The Process of Writing Predictively: The Office Memo
Stage One. Structuring For Analysis: Outlining the Working Draft

Outlining a Rule of Law
Outlining a Rule to Organize Your Analysis of a Legal Issue
Formulating a Rule from a Case Opinion
Formulating a Rule from Multiple Authorities
Using a Rule to Form the Structure: Special Circumstances

Stage Two. Drafting for Analysis: Writing the Working Draft

Writing the Analysis of a Single Issue: Rule Explanation
Writing the Analysis of a Single Issue: Rule Application
Writing the Analysis of a Single Issue: Organizing and Writing the Discussion of Multiple Authorities
Writing the Analysis of Multiple Issues

Stage Three. Converting the Working Draft to an Office Memo

The Office Memo and the Law-Trained Reader
Organizing for Your Reader: The Discussion Section
Completing the Draft of the Office Memo
Stage Four. Revising to Achieve a Final Draft
Citations and Quotations
Revising for Usage and Style

Part II. The Process of Writing Persuasively: The Brief
Stage One. Structuring for Persuasion: Outlining the Working Draft

Ethics, Judges, and Briefs
Formulating and Structuring a Favorable Rule

Stage Two. Drafting for Persuasion: Writing the Working Draft

Drafting Working Headings
Writing the Working Draft

Stage Three. Converting the Working Draft to a Brief

The Argument and the Format of the Brief
The Statement of Facts

Stage Four. Revising to Achieve a Final Draft

Editing the Brief
Oral Argument

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