Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-03-18
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing, Fifth Edition, covers the basics of legal research, analysis, and writing, bringing together all the essential knowledge and tools students need to research and analyze a legal problem and communicate the results in diverse forms of legal memoranda. The text’s teaching and learning resources include an Instructor’s Manual, PowerPoint lecture slides, and Test Bank.


Teaching and Learning Experience:

  • Offers fully integrated coverage of legal research, legal analysis and legal writing.
  • Provides many highly realistic research and writing exercises, as well as tools designed to help students become more effective writers.
  • Features throughout the text help students take away key legal terms, skills, and concepts.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Legal Research, Writing and Analysis

2. The Starting Point: Analyzing Facts and Identifying Legal Issues

3. Finding and Analyzing Case Law

4. How to Read and Summarize a Case

5. Constitutions, Statutes, and Administrative Regulations

6. Statutory and Constitutional Analysis

7. Secondary Sources

8. Digests

9. Validating Your Research: Using Shepards, Keycite and other Citators

10. Computer-Assisted Legal Research (CALR): Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law

11. Computer-Assisted Legal Research (CALR): The Freely Accessible Internet

12. Basic Legal Writing Skills

13. The Memorandum of Law: Predictive Legal Writing

14. Writing to the Court: Persuasive Writing

15. Motion Practice: Research and Writing Issues

16. Legal Correspondence


Appendix A: Research Case Files

Appendix B: Research and Writing Problems Based on Short Stated Fact Patterns

Appendix C: Basic Citation Reference Guide

Appendix D: Research Strategies: An Overview

Appendix E: Defendants’ Joint Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Opposition to Plaintiff’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction: Initial Research Memoranda

Appendix F: Appellate Brief

Appendix G: Case Briefing Practice

Appendix H: Supplemental Cases

Appendix I: Answer Key to Test Yourself

Appendix J: U.S. Court System

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