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Legal Writing and Analysis, Fifth Edition

Linda H. Edwards


  • ISBN: 9781543805178

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    This streamlined text offers a straightforward guide to developing legal writing and analysis skills for beginning legal writers. Legal Writing and Analysis, Fifth Edition by Linda Edwards, leads students logically through reading and analyzing the law, writing the discussion of a legal question, and writing office memos, letters, and briefs. The text includes chapters on citation form, writing style, professionalism, and oral argument. 

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  • Additional Product Details
    Publication Date: 2/1/2019
    Copyright: 2019
    Pages: 352
    Paperback + Casebook Connect: 9781543805178
    Looseleaf + Casebook Connect: 9781543812053
    Digital Only Casebook Connect: 9781543812084
    Rental + Casebook Connect: 9781543812060

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    Summary of Contents


    Part One: Lawyers and the Legal Landscape
    1. Overview of the Lawyer’s Role
    2. The Legal System, the Common Law Process, and Kinds of Authority

    Part Two: Reading and Analyzing the Law
    3. Briefing and Synthesizing Cases
    4. Interpreting Statutes
    5. Forms of Legal Reasoning

    Part Three: Writing the Discussion of a Legal Question
    6. The Writing Process and Law-Trained Readers
    7. Large-Scale Organization: Creating an Annotated Outline
    8. Small-Scale Organization: Explaining the Law
    9. Small-Scale Organization: Applying the Law
    10. Discussing Multiple Issues: Putting It All Together
    11. Deepening Your Analysis

    Part Four: Predictive Writing
    12. Writing an Office Memo
    13. Writing Professional Letters and Emails

    Part Five: The Shift to Advocacy
    14. Introduction to Brief-Writing
    15. Questions Presented and Point Headings
    16. Writing the Argument Section
    17. Standards of Review
    18. Writing a Fact Statement

    Part Six: Style and Formalities
    19. Citations and Quotations
    20. Paragraphs, Sentences, and Style

    Part Seven: Oral Advocacy
    21. Oral Argument


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