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Legal Writing for Legal Readers: Predictive Writing for First-Year Students, Second Edition

Mary Beth Beazley, Monte Smith


  • ISBN: 9781454896357

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  • Description

    Applying the perspective of the reader to the craft of writing, Legal Writing for Legal Readers: Predictive Writing for First-Year Students teaches the differences between strong and weak legal writing by letting students read examples of both. Students discover how productive it can be to read a well-articulated argument, as compared to one that is illogical. We aren’t always able to identify our own faults as writers—but as readers, we can see clearly the merits of both the argument and its presentation. The authors’ sidebars and annotations highlight why one writer fails while another succeeds. Students realize the significance of their own behavior as readers and how that behavior should dictate their writing decisions. As readers, students learn to recognize the specific elements of analysis and structure that make legal writing effective. As writers, they will make better and more informed choices, when they think about it from a reader’s perspective.

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  • Additional Product Details

    Publication Date: 9/15/2018
    Copyright: 2019
    Pages: 228
    Paperback:  9781454896357
    Ebook: 9781543804782 (VitalSource), 9781543804836 (Kindle, Google Play)

    Detailed Table of Contents (PDF Download)

    Summary of Contents

    The Chapter Before the First

    The Law
    Rules, Facts, and Reading Cases with a Purpose
    Deciphering Opinions
    More about Rules (Just as We Promised)
    Using Authority to Find Rules
    Hierarchy and Rule Synthesis
    How Do I find Legal Authority?
    Planning and Recording Research
    Stat utes as Authority
    Organizing an Analys is
    CHAPTER 10
    Turning Your Outline into a Written Analys is
    CHAPTER 11
    Using Cases in the Rule Explanat ion
    CHAPTER 12
    The A of CREXAC
    Applying Rules to Facts and Using Analogies and Distinctions
    CHAPTER 13
    The Parts of a Research Memorandum
    CHAPTER 14
    The Parts of a Research Memorandum (Part B)
    Including Context Cues for Legal Readers
    CHAPTER 15
    Using Citat ions Effectively
    Citation Form
    CHAPTER 16
    CHAPTER 17
    The Writing Part of Legal Analys is and Writing
    Clarity, Precision, Simplicity, and Everything Else that Makes Legal
    Writing Readable


  • Author Information

    Mary Beth Beazley

    Professor Mary Beth Beazley came to Ohio State in 1988 after serving as co-director of the Legal Research, Writing, and Reasoning Program at Vermont Law School and as a research and writing instructor at the University of Toledo. She teaches Writing and Analysis, Appellate Advocacy, and Advanced Legal Writing, and she has coached the National Moot Court Team for many years.

    Professor Beazley has authored a widely used textbook (A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy) and numerous articles, including &"Ballot Design as Fail-Safe: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Litigation.” She also has authored a chapter in the Carolina Academic Press publication The Law and Harry Potter.

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    Monte Smith

    Monte Smith graduated from The Ohio State University twice, earning a bachelor's degree in English and a J.D. He practiced with a large law firm and then served as a career law clerk to United States District Judge Sandra Beckwith for 14 years before returning to the law school at Ohio State as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. He has taught legal writing and related topics for many years and is currently a visiting professor at UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law.

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