Foundations of Legal Research and Writing (Book with CD-ROM)

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Real life examples, and sample documents serve as a resource for anyone who has to perform legal research or draft legal documents. A complete chapter is devoted to computer-assisted legal research written by an expert in the field.

Table of Contents

Law and Sources of Lawp. 1
Introductionp. 1
The American System of Lawp. 1
Our Tripartite Systemp. 7
Interplay Among the Three Branches of Government in Lawmakingp. 9
Sources of Lawp. 13
Summaryp. 16
Key Termsp. 17
Exercisesp. 17
Cyberlaw Exercisesp. 17
Discussion Pointsp. 18
Legal Reasoning and Analysisp. 19
Introductionp. 19
Doctrine of Stare Decisisp. 20
Judicial Opinionsp. 24
Legal Analysis of Statutory Lawp. 28
Legal Analysis of Constitutional Lawp. 36
Reasoning by Analogy and Deductive Reasoningp. 40
Summaryp. 44
Key Termsp. 45
Exercisesp. 46
Cyberlaw Exercisesp. 46
Discussion Pointsp. 47
Secondary Sources and Finding Toolsp. 49
Introductionp. 49
Encyclopediasp. 50
American Law Reportsp. 60
Attorney General Opinionsp. 70
Restatements of the Lawp. 72
Treatisesp. 74
Legal Dictionariesp. 74
Legal Directoriesp. 79
Formbooksp. 79
Looseleaf Servicesp. 79
Legal Periodicalsp. 80
Digestsp. 84
Summaryp. 96
Key Termsp. 96
Cyberlaw Exercisesp. 97
Legal Research Assignment+Legal Encyclopediasp. 97
Legal Research Assignment+American Law Reportsp. 100
Legal Research Assignment+Digestsp. 103
Discussion Pointsp. 106
The Judicial Branch and Casesp. 107
Introductionp. 107
The Judicial Branchp. 107
Reading Casesp. 115
Briefing a Casep. 126
Location of Casesp. 130
Case Citationsp. 132
Summaryp. 136
Key Termsp. 137
Cyberlaw Exercisesp. 138
Legal Research Assignment+Reading Casesp. 138
Legal Research Assignment+Case Lawp. 139
Discussion Pointsp. 142
Primary Sources: Constitutions, Statutes, Court Rules, and Administrative Lawp. 143
Introductionp. 143
Constitutionsp. 143
Statutesp. 146
Court Rulesp. 170
Administrative Lawp. 178
Summaryp. 192
Key Termsp. 193
Cyberlaw Exercisesp. 193
Legal Research Assignment+Constitutionsp. 194
Legal Research Assignment+Statutesp. 195
Legal Research Assignment+Court Rulesp. 197
Legal Research Assignment+Administrative Lawp. 200
Discussion Pointsp. 202
Citatorsp. 203
Introductionp. 203
Citatorsp. 204
Shepardizing Procedurep. 206
Statutesp. 220
KeyCitep. 223
Summaryp. 234
Key Termsp. 234
Cyberlaw Exercisesp. 234
Legal Research Assignment+Citatorsp. 235
Discussion Pointsp. 236
Overview of the Research Process and Ethical Considerationsp. 237
Introductionp. 237
George Peak Illustrative Fact Patternp. 237
The Eight Steps of Legal Researchp. 238
Preliminary Considerationsp. 239
Three Basic Approaches to Legal Researchp. 242
Step One: Gathering Informationp. 243
Step Two: Identifying Key Termsp. 244
Step Three: Learn More About the Area of Law You Are Researching through Second Authorityp. 248
Step Four: Locating Primary Authorityp. 249
Step Five: Locating Other Primary Authorityp. 250
Step Six: Reviewing Found Sources and Updatingp. 252
Step Seven: Deciding Whether You Are Finished with Your Researchp. 253
Step Eight: Evaluate What You Have Found and Determine the Answer to Your Research Questionp. 254
Inadequate Legal Research As an Ethics Violationp. 254
Summaryp. 260
Key Termsp. 260
Exercisesp. 260
Cyberlaw Exercisesp. 261
Discussion Pointsp. 261
Computer-Assisted Legal Researchp. 263
Introductionp. 263
History of Computer-Assisted Legal Researchp. 264
CALR: Pros and Consp. 264
Evaluative Guidelinesp. 265
Copyright Concerns in a Digital Environmentp. 268
Computer-Assisted Legal Research Toolsp. 268
Legal Databasesp. 268
Public Records Databasesp. 273
Credit Reporting Lawsp. 275
Company and Financial Informationp. 276
Legal and Government Internet Resourcesp. 281
Administrative Lawp. 282
Government Agenciesp. 282
Intellectual Property Lawp. 283
International Lawp. 284
Law Reviews, Journals, and Legal Periodicalsp. 284
Legislative Informationp. 285
Case Lawp. 286
Court Dockets and Case Historyp. 287
Limitations to Using the Internet as a Research Toolp. 288
Summaryp. 289
Key Termsp. 291
Discussion Pointsp. 291
Exercisesp. 291
CyberLaw Exercisesp. 292
Introduction to Legal Writingp. 293
Introductionp. 293
Importance of Good Legal Writing to the Lawp. 293
Types of Legal Writingp. 311
Summaryp. 315
Key Termsp. 315
Cyberlaw Exercisesp. 315
Exercises 316
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