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The Legal Writing Handbook: Analysis, Research, and Writing, Sixth Edition

Laurel Currie Oates, Anne Enquist


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    Published 06/22/2017
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    Book 1: Introduction to Legal Writing

    Chapter 1: Making the Transition

    Chapter 2: The United States Legal System

    Chapter 3: Reading and Analyzing Statutes and Cases


    Book 2: Legal Research

    Chapter 4: Researching Issues Governed by State Statutes and Regulations

    Chapter 5: Researching Plan for Issues Governed by Federal Statutes and Regulations

    Chapter 6: Researching Issues Governed by City or County Ordinances

    Chapter 7: Researching Issues Governed by Common Law

    Chapter 8: Researching Constitutional Issues

    Chapter 9: Researching Issues Governed by Federal, State, or Local Court Rules

    Chapter 10: Citators


    Book 3: Objective Memoranda, E-Memos, Opinion Letters, and Email and Text Messages

    Chapter 11: Drafting Memos

    Chapter 12: Drafting Memo 1

    Chapter 13: Drafting Memo 2

    Chapter 14: Drafting Memos Requiring Other Types of Analysis

    Chapter 15: Drafting E-Memos, Email, and Text Messages

    Chapter 16: Drafting Letters


    Book 4: Briefs and Oral Argument

    Chapter 17: Writing a Motion Brief

    Chapter 18: Writing an Appellate Brief

    Chapter 19: Oral Advocacy


    Book 5: A Guide to Effective Writing

    Chapter 20: Effective Writing—The Whole Paper

    Chapter 21: Connections Between Paragraphs

    Chapter 22: Effective Paragraphs

    Chapter 23: Connections Between Sentences

    Chapter 24: Effective Sentences

    Chapter 25: Effective Words

    Chapter 26: Eloquence


    Book 6: A Guide to Correct Writing

    Chapter 27: Grammar

    Chapter 28: Punctuation

    Chapter 29: Mechanics

    Chapter 30: Before You Practice


    Book 7: A Guide to Legal Writing for English-as-a-Second-Language Writers

    Chapter 31: Legal Writing for English-as-a-Second-Language Writers


    Glossary of Usage

    Glossary of Terms


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    Anne M. Enquist

    Professor Enquist has been a member of the legal writing faculty and the Writing Advisor at Seattle University School of Law since 1980. She serves as the Director of Seattle University's nationally ranked legal writing program. As the Writing Advisor, she works one-on-one with law students on their legal writing. She is the co-author of five books and the author of numerous articles about legal writing. She has served on the national Board of Directors for the Legal Writing Institute, and in 2007, she received the American Association of Law School's Legal Writing Section Award. In 2014 she received the William Burton Award for Legal Writing Education. Her research and scholarly interests concern all areas of legal writing, particularly diagnosing student writing ability, critiquing law students' writing, and writing issues that affect ESL law students.

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    Laurel Currie Oates

    Professor Laurel Currie Oates has been the director of Seattle University’s Legal Writing Program since 1984. With Professor Anne Enquist, Professor Oates has authored five books on legal writing: The Legal Writing Handbook, which is in its fifth edition, and Just Research, Just Memos, Just Briefs, and Just Writing, which are in the fourth edition. Professor Oates has also authored numerous law review articles, including articles on legal reading, writing to learn, the transfer of learning, and the outsourcing of legal work.

    Professor Oates is also one of the co-founders of both the Legal Writing Institute and APPEAL, an organization that provides opportunities for academics in Africa and the United States to share ideas about helping students, lawyers, advocates, and judges improve their writing. During the last five years, Professor Oates has worked in Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Afghanistan, and India, providing workshops on effective writing. In June 2007, Professor Oates received the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., and this year she received the Marjorie Rombauer award from the Association of Legal Writing Directors.

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