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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.
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 Communicate||p. 3|
|Sources and Systems of the Law||p. 15|
|Reading for Comprehension||p. 33|
|Finding Your Argument||p. 57|
|Organizing Your Legal Authority||p. 67|
|One Legal Argument||p. 81|
|Explaining the Law||p. 87|
|Explaining the Law: Rules||p. 89|
|Explaining the Law: Case Illustrations||p. 101|
|Explaining the Law: Citing and Avoiding Plagiarism||p. 121|
|Applying the Law||p. 129|
|Applying the Law: Rule-Based Reasoning||p. 131|
|Applying the Law: Analogical Reasoning||p. 135|
|Applying the Law: Counter-Analyses||p. 151|
|Applying the Law: Organizing Your Application of the Law||p. 161|
|Conclusions to One Legal Argument||p. 165|
|Statutory Analysis||p. 179|
|The Discussion Section: Introducing and Connecting Legal Arguments||p. 197|
|Question Presented and Brief Answer||p. 213|
|Statement of Facts||p. 229|
|Conclusion to the Memorandum||p. 239|
|Editing and Polishing||p. 243|
|Professional E-mails||p. 269|
|Effective Memo: Adverse Possession||p. 279|
|Effective Memo: Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress||p. 289|
|Less Effective Memo: Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress||p. 297|
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