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A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis

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Whether you are starting law school or preparing to start the practice of law, you need to learn the essential skills and theory of your trade. A Lawyer Writes puts the reader in the place of a first-year attorney tasked with real life assignments. In doing so, it teaches law students not only how to succeed in law school, but also how to succeed in the practice of law. The book uses graphics and visual samples to demonstrate the variety of ways in which attorneys write effectively, showing best practices in both traditional and electronic environments. Speaking to its reader in a straightforward manner, A Lawyer Writes communicates essential skills and theories so that they will be retained for a lifetime of legal practice.

Author Biography

Sandy Patrick is on the faculty of Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon where she teaches Legal Research and Writing and Advanced Legal Writing. Joan Malmud is a Legal Research and Writing Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Oregon. Christine Coughlin is the Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program at Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

How Attorneys Communicatep. 3
Sources and Systems of the Lawp. 15
Reading for Comprehensionp. 33
Finding Your Argumentp. 57
Organizing Your Legal Authorityp. 67
One Legal Argumentp. 81
Explaining the Lawp. 87
Explaining the Law: Rulesp. 89
Explaining the Law: Case Illustrationsp. 101
Explaining the Law: Citing and Avoiding Plagiarismp. 121
Applying the Lawp. 129
Applying the Law: Rule-Based Reasoningp. 131
Applying the Law: Analogical Reasoningp. 135
Applying the Law: Counter-Analysesp. 151
Applying the Law: Organizing Your Application of the Lawp. 161
Conclusions to One Legal Argumentp. 165
Policyp. 171
Statutory Analysisp. 179
The Discussion Section: Introducing and Connecting Legal Argumentsp. 197
Question Presented and Brief Answerp. 213
Statement of Factsp. 229
Conclusion to the Memorandump. 239
Editing and Polishingp. 243
Professional E-mailsp. 269
Effective Memo: Adverse Possessionp. 279
Effective Memo: Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distressp. 289
Less Effective Memo: Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distressp. 297
Glossaryp. 303
Indexp. 309
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