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

Laurel Currie Oates, Anne Enquist, Jeremy Francis


  • ISBN: 9781454895282

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    Publication Date: 2/1/2018
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    Detailed Table of Contents (PDF Download) 

    Summary of Contents


    Book I: Introduction to Legal Writing
    Chapter 1: Making the Transition
    Chapter 2: The United States Legal System

    Book II: Legal Research
    Chapter 3: Primary Authority
    Chapter 4: Secondary Authority
    Chapter 5: Finding Tools
    Chapter 6: Citators
    Chapter 7: Mandatory vs. Persuasive Authority
    Chapter 8: Developing Effective Research Strategies
    Chapter 9: Reading Statutes
    Chapter 10: Reading Cases

    Book III: Formal Memos, E-Memos, and Opinion Letters
    Chapter 11: Drafting Memos
    Chapter 12: Getting the Assignment
    Chapter 13: Drafting the Heading and Statement of Facts
    Chapter 14: Drafting the Issue Statement and Brief Answer
    Chapter 15: Drafting the Discussion Section
    Chapter 16: Drafting the Formal Conclusion
    Chapter 17: Revising, Editing, and Proofreading the Memo
    Chapter 18: Drafting Memos Requiring Other Types of Analysis
    Chapter 19: E-Memos
    Chapter 20: Drafting Opinion Letters

    Book IV: Briefs and Oral Argument
    Chapter 21: Writing a Motion Brief
    Chapter 22: Writing an Appellate Brief
    Chapter 23: Oral Advocacy

    Book V: A Guide to Effective Writing
    Chapter 24: Effective Writing—The Whole Paper
    Chapter 25: Connections Between Paragraphs
    Chapter 26: Effective Paragraphs
    Chapter 27: Connections Between Sentences
    Chapter 28: Effective Sentences
    Chapter 29: Effective Words
    Chapter 30: Eloquence

    Book VI: A Guide to Correct Writing
    Chapter 31: Grammar
    Chapter 32: Punctuation
    Chapter 33: Mechanics

    Book VII: A Guide to Legal Writing for English-as-a-Second-Language Writers
    Chapter 34: Legal Writing for English-as-a-Second-Language Writers

    Glossary of Usage
    Glossary of Terms

  • Author Information

    Jeremy Francis

    Professor Jeremy Francis is Clinical Professor of Law and Writing Specialist at Michigan State University College of Law. He works in tandem with MSU Law's Research, Writing & Analysis instructors to reinforce first-year students' grammar and punctuation skills and to teach students the conventions of legal style. His workshops, optional seminars, and one-on-one instruction sessions help prepare students to pass a required proficiency test by the end of their first year.

    Professor Francis taught prospective English teachers through Michigan State University's Teacher Education and English departments before joining the MSU College of Law in 2006. He received his Ph.D. in Critical Studies in the Teaching of English from MSU in 2007 and an M.A. in Education from the University of Denver in 2003.

    Professor Francis won the Legal Writing Institute's Deborah Hecht Memorial Writing Contest Award in 2010 for his article "Finding Your Voice While Learning to Dance" and again in 2014 for his article "The Silent Scream: How Soon Can Students Let Us Know They Are Struggling?" The award is given every other year to the legal writing specialist who publishes the best article or essay on the topics of effectiveness, clarity, and writing

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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

    Laurel Currie Oates is a professor of law at Seattle University School of Law and 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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