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The Process of Legal Research

The Process of Legal Research Author Deborah A. Schmedemann
ISBN-10 9781454876120
Release 2016-03-20
Pages 368
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A long-time best-selling comprehensive text for basic legal research, The Process of Legal Research: Practices and Resources, 9E melds a rich discussion of legal authorities with a presentation of strategic processes for researching using the vast array of resources now available to the legal researcher. With readability in mind, The Process of Legal Research is written to engage various learners through streamlined text, graphics, in-text scenarios that draw on first-year topics, sample documents, and self-assessment questions. Covering sources from dictionaries to international and tribal law, and presenting and repeatedly demonstrating ten practices that distinguish skilled researchers, the book zeroes in on current, credible, cost-efficient options for each type of legal authority. To maximize students comprehension, the chapters conclude with a research scenario paired with questions for guided practice as well as a theoretical question to prompt class discussion.



The Legal Writing Handbook

The Legal Writing Handbook Author Laurel Currie Oates
ISBN-10 9781454845591
Release 2014-03-25
Pages 948
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The Legal Writing Handbook: Analysis, Research, and Writing, continues in the tradition that has made it a resounding success and a leading text for almost two decades, offering a complete teaching package with everything a student needs for the legal writing course. Features: Updated with the goal of making students practice ready. New chapter on writing e-memos, that is, shorter, less formal memos that might be embedded in an email. Exercises added to the research chapters Expanded chapter on letters that discusses both opinion letters and demand letters.



Legal Method and Writing

Legal Method and Writing Author Charles Calleros
ISBN-10 9781454846307
Release 2014-10-30
Pages 656
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Highly regarded and classroom-proven, the Legal Method and Writing takes a comprehensive approach to legal writing that bridges law school and law office. Exercises and real-life examples—many taken from actual cases—provide stepping-off points from which to practice legal thinking and communication. Calleros seamlessly weaves multicultural themes into many of the problems and examples to add context and enrich student understanding of legal issues. Features: Updated, enhanced, and clarified throughout Expanded discussion of statutory interpretation, with new and updated sources Description of tribal court systems (as well as state and federal courts systems) added, supplementing existing discussion of tribal governments and legal method New examples of statements of rules, in objective memos and arguments for briefs, including samples illustrating (1) the difference between rules with mandatory elements and those with factors that the court will consider or balance, and (2) explaining or proving a rule by establishing noncontroversial matters with “light analysis” and more complicated or disputed matters with in-depth analysis. Addition of an advanced outlining exercise, as well as an illustration of flow-charting. Citation coverage updated to reflect the new Bluebook and ALWD editions



Just Research

Just Research Author Laurel Currie Oates
ISBN-10 9781454888048
Release 2017-02-05
Pages 176
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Just Research provides students with the information and skills that will enable them to do thorough and cost-effective research as soon as they enter into practice. Highly respected authors Laurel Currie Oates and Anne Enquist describe the sources that can be used to research the most common types of legal issues, for example, issues governed by state statutes and regulations, issues governed by federal statutes and regulations, issues governed by local law, and issued governed by common law.



The Legal Research and Writing Handbook

The Legal Research and Writing Handbook Author Andrea B. Yelin
ISBN-10 9781454897712
Release 2018-02-13
Pages 640
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With clear explanations, examples, and visual aids, The Legal Research and Writing Handbook, Eighth Edition by Andrea Yelin and Hope Viner Samborn offers complete coverage of a complex subject in a student-friendly, accessible text. In this thoroughly updated new edition, the authors continue to keep pace with legal research, citation, and technology in today’s law firms. This practical text focuses on efficient research processes and techniques for both traditional and electronic sources, along with step-by-step instruction through each stage of the legal writing process, from prewriting strategies, to revising. The text is enhanced with examples and visual aids, expert writing and practice tips, hands-on exercises, ethics alerts, up-to-date web resources, and easy-to-navigate page design. Excellent exercises are provided to reinforce student learning. Key Features: Updated and expanded coverage of electronic resources reflecting how paralegals do research today Detailed discussion of how to use legal authorities in legal communications and how to synthesize them and present them to attorneys Examples, exhibits, practical tips, updated exercises, and web resources in every chapter Expanded discussion of e-mail and e-memos In-depth coverage of the IRAC method, as well as how to write legal memoranda and legal correspondence



The Process of Legal Research

The Process of Legal Research Author Christina L. Kunz
ISBN-10 1454805528
Release 2012
Pages 274
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A time-tested, proven introduction, The Process of Legal Research acquaints students with all of the sources and relevant vocabulary and shows how each source works, how to combine sources into a cohesive research process, and how to resolve legal problems through effective techniques. Extensive illustrations and examples quickly engage students in actual research problems, as the text carefully demonstrates how research and writing are interrelated processes. The authors focus on teaching the best research practices, illustrating how to choose the appropriate source and media for each type of problem. Electronic research is completely integrated into the text. Students are given solid guidance for every type of situation, learning when and how to choose between paper and electronic research, and how the choice among different media can result in different access means, scope, and currency of materials. The Process of Legal Research offers extensive, well-researched problems sets, ideal for large programs that need plenty of exercise options for their students. Pages with problems sets are perforated for easy use. The Eighth Edition finds a sharper focus on the basics, asking and answering the questions, "What are the various forms of legal authority?" and "How does each contribute to resolving a client's legal problem?" A greater emphasis on how to choose the optimal research options for various authorities includes a mix of print and online as well as public and commercial resources. Each chapter includes a table of optimal research options. The Eighth Edition skillfully interweaves smaller employment law problems faced by a firm throughout the text, rather than the single mega-problem of previous editions, and new flow-chart style charts illuminate much of the denser text. Citations are covered in citation boxes, reflecting both the Bluebook and ALWD. In a leaner writing style designed appeal to modern students, the Eighth Edition confronts some of the most current hot topics, such as how people think about research today and what firms find wanting in new lawyers research abilities. Hallmark features: Provides a complete introduction to the process of legal research the sources and vocabulary of legal research how each source works how to combine sources into a research process how to resolve legal problems through effective research techniques Extensive illustrations and examples of actual research problems Teaches the best research practices how to choose the appropriate source and media for various types of problems Integrates electronic research discusses when and how to choose between paper and electronic research shows how the choice among media results in different access means, scope, and currency of materials Includes extensive, well-researched problems sets



Guide to Legal Writing Style

Guide to Legal Writing Style Author Terri LeClercq
ISBN-10 073559998X
Release 2011
Pages 128
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This concise paperback focuses on the nuances of legal writing style and provides novice legal writers with the skills they need to polish their writing. Guide to Legal Writing Style, Fourth Edition, intended as an ancillary to any basic legal writing text, expands what students learn in their first-year courses by providing additional techniques and style tips that will help make their writing more precise, readable and elegant. This highly regarded paperback, specifically directed at legal writers, offers crisp, pointed advice written in a personal and humorous style lucid organization that helps students find the information they need most, including practice with basic skills and helpful advice on organization, sentence structure, word choice, punctuation, and formatting an emphasis on legal ethics throughout, with most of the examples and exercises focusing on ethical issues a chapter on organization that compares and contrasts undergraduate terms and goals with those expected by a legal audience a guide that helps students guard against plagiarism short, end-of-chapter exercises, with the answers at the back of the book, that strengthen skills and provide opportunities for self-testing Special features in the Fourth Edition include: an updated interactive CD-ROM with multiple exercises to reinforce the materials in the book, which includes updated and expanded tests of basic skills and click-on answers and explanations a new chapter testing common errors in professional writing, with explanations as well as succinct answers new checklists that reinforce essential advice of each chapter



Drafting Contracts

Drafting Contracts Author Tina L. Stark
ISBN-10 9781454829058
Release 2013-11-26
Pages 576
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An eagerly anticipated second edition of this established and highly regarded text teaches the key practice skill of contract drafting, with emphasis on how to incorporate the business deal into the contract and add value to the client's deal. Features: More exercises throughout the book, incorporating More precedents for use in exercises Exercises designed to teach students how to read and analyze a contract progressively more difficult and sophisticated New, multi-draft exercises involving a variety of business contracts New and refreshed examples, including Examples of well-drafted boilerplate provisions More detailed examples of proper way to use shall Multiple well-drafted contracts with annotations Revised Aircraft Purchase Agreement exercise to focus on key issues, along with precedents on how to draft the action sections and the endgame sections. Expanded explanations of endgame provisions, along with examples and new exercises



Legal Reasoning Research and Writing for International Graduate Students

Legal Reasoning  Research  and Writing for International Graduate Students Author Nadia E. Nedzel
ISBN-10 9781454881681
Release 2016-09-20
Pages 464
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Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing for International Graduate Students helps readers understand and approach legal research and writing assignments the way attorneys do in the United States. Chapters are short and clear, and repeat the major points to aid, in particular, LL.M. candidates who are not native English speakers. A methodology of research and writing in preparing legal documents is presented, and reasoning and writing methods are based on standard IRAC analysis used by many instructors. To allow instructors to discuss citation requirements as they become needed, citation format information is integrated into the text. Most of the exercises in each chapter can be done on the Web as well as in the law library, with either commercial or non-commercial websites. Key Features: An example of rule synthesis based on the simple Soccer close memo example that had been included in the third edition Updated the chapter on the use of technology in the court system and by practicing attorneys, and how both changing technology and economic changes are affecting the legal profession in the United States. New, straightforward, and very effective way for students to outline essay exam questions.



Off and Running

Off and Running Author Angela C. Arey
ISBN-10 9781454836155
Release 2014-03-06
Pages 256
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Off and Running is a unique text for the first semester of the 1L legal writing and research course, designed to guide students through their development of the essential skills needed to practice law. Using a single, classroom-tested fact pattern, the authors demonstrate in concrete steps how a first-year associate might approach a legal problem. Students practice these steps and skills on other fact patterns, as they read about this fictional associate. Using this fresh approach and a plain-English writing style, the authors introduce essential concepts and skills related to objective legal writing and legal research, with a particular emphasis on the professional and ethical representation of clients. Students learn how to think like a lawyer. Features: Fully integrated coursebook for first semester of 1L LRW course. Integrates research, analysis, and writing. Emphasis on how skills relate to the practice of law, with focus on both litigation and transactional applications. Professionalism and ethics discussions, including and"ethics alertand" boxes, are integrated throughout the text. Presents one classroom-tested fact pattern to demonstrate how to i.d. the issues in the fact pattern, use legal resources to research those issues, and use the research results to write documents such as an objective memorandum and a client letter. Professors may assign different fact patterns, set in other jurisdictions, to have students demonstrate their skills. They may also assign a closed-universe problem during the early weeks of the semester. Other chapters cover an overview of the U.S. legal system, the basics of grammar, punctuation and style; how to use e-mail effectively; and incorporating LW principles into litigation and transactional documents. Book takes a streamlined approach, focusing on the essentials and using plain English, in order to remain accessible to students



The Practice of Mediation

The Practice of Mediation Author Douglas N. Frenkel
ISBN-10 9781454821434
Release 2015-01-30
Pages 531
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First published in 2008,The Practice of Mediation: A Video-Integrated Text was the first book to combine in-depth textual analysis of the mediation process with videos illustrating the stages of the mediation process and the many constituent skills of effective mediators. Written in a highly accessible and conversational style, the text provides students a sophisticated understanding of the negotiation process and the barriers to conflict resolution. Accompanied by video of three unscripted mediated disputes, based on actual cases, the presentation allows students to see what they are reading about, preparing them for all major approaches to mediation. The Second Edition of this widely adopted text contains new and expanded coverage of on-line mediation, cross-cultural mediation and co-mediation, as well as new, non-legal examples of the use of mediation. It includes a revised and expanded discussion of effective persuasion and problem solving, based on cutting edge social science research findings. And it expands the video content from 6 to 7 hours, by including a new, full-length video of the text s high-conflict child custody study, illustrating the stages of the process in sequence. Features of The Practice of Mediation: Accessible, conversational style. Provides students with a sophisticated conceptual understanding of the negotiation process and the cognitive, psychological and strategic barriers to conflict resolution. Teaches about the mediation process from the inside out, breaking down the skills of effective mediation into their component parts. Offers close analysis of major ethical and role issues that mediators encounter. Prepares students for all of the major approaches to mediation. Includes a self-contained chapter with video extracts on representing clients in mediation Includes seven hours of online video, depicting nine professional mediators, with different backgrounds and orientations, mediating three different cases, often with very different results. The video extracts are fully integrated with the text, enabling students to see what they are reading about as they read it. The online video saves precious classroom time, allowing viewing and analysis outside of class. The three cases depicted in the video are based on real, mediated disputes: A child custody case. A small-claims consumer dispute between a homeowner and a kitchen contractor. A complex negligence suit filed by a tenant against his former landlord after an intruder robbed him at knifepoint. The video includes an extended comparative example of facilitative and evaluative mediation of the same matter. Mediators and lawyers perform as they would in the actual case. Professional actors portray the role of the disputants in an extremely realistic fashion.



Legal Research Explained

Legal Research Explained Author Deborah E. Bouchoux
ISBN-10 1454882336
Release 2016-10-26
Pages 436
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Legal Research Explained provides a building-block approach to the fundamentals of legal research for paralegal students. The fundamentals of legal research for paralegal students. The text is divided into five separate sections, as follows: 1) conducting legal research using primary authorities; 2) conducting legal research using secondary authorities and other research aids; 3) electronic and computer resources; 4) legal citation form and validating authorities; and 5) "putting it all together," providing a final overview of the legal research process. Although based on the legal research section of author Deborah Bouchoux's highly successful Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals, the material in Legal Research Explained is modified and condensed to fit a legal research-only course. All-new research assignments in each chapter give students practice with both conventional print resources and on-line sources. Helpful charts, diagrams, and sample pages from research resources help students understand complex topics. In addition, Practice Tips in each chapter offer realistic and helpful suggestions for workplace success and Ethics notes are included throughout the book. Key Features: New research assignments New practice tips in several chapters Discussion of new titles added to the United States Code Discussion of new website GovInfo for free, official, and authenticated documents from all three branches of the government. Discussion of new sources for conducting research, such as the Law Review Commons (Chapter 6), which provides free access to thousands of law review articles. Discussion of new tools such as Lexis for Microsoft Office and Thomson Reuters's Drafting Assistant Extensively revised discussion of computer-assisted legal research in Chapter 8 New information on practical concerns in citing to the Internet in Chapter 9 Revamped discussion of citation form (Chapter 10) The information relating to Shepardizing using print volumes of Shepard's has been moved from Chapter 11 to its own back-of-the-book Appendix Information on new research management tools such as Zotero, Juris-M, and Evernote An in-depth Instructor's Manual includes an overview of the text, sample syllabi, tips on teaching strategies, chapter-by-chapter resource information, answer keys for all assignments, and a Test Bank.



Legal Writing and Analysis

Legal Writing and Analysis Author Linda H. Edwards
ISBN-10 9781454860051
Release 2015-01-30
Pages 384
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A concise, straightforward guide to developing legal writing and analysis skills for beginning legal writers. Features: New material on drawing factual inferences, one of the most important kinds of reasoning for legal writers. Citation materials updated to cover the new editions of both ALWD and the Bluebook. Companion web site includes additional examples of office memos, opposing briefs, and summary judgment motions. A concise, straightforward guide to developing legal writing and analysis skills for beginning legal writers. Features: New material on drawing factual inferences, one of the most important kinds of reasoning for legal writers. Citation materials updated to cover the new editions of both ALWD and the Bluebook. Companion web site includes additional examples of office memos, opposing briefs, and summary judgment motions.



Basic Legal Research Workbook

Basic Legal Research Workbook Author Amy E. Sloan
ISBN-10 9781454882206
Release 2016-07-18
Pages 240
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With a balance of online and traditional print sources, the Fifth Edition of BASIC LEGAL RESEARCH WORKBOOK encourages independent, experiential learning. Proven effective in the classroom, the authors’ carefully developed problems gradually progress from introductory to more complex. Whether accompanying Amy Sloan’s BASIC LEGAL RESEARCH: TOOLS AND STRATEGIES, or any other legal research text, these exercises provide hands-on practice throughout the course that will serve students well in their careers as lawyers. Hallmarks of Basic Legal Research Workbook: Coverage that mirrors the research sources studied in first-year Legal Research courses, including both online and print sources A logical and intuitive organization • Research exercises presented at graduated levels of difficulty, from guided research to open research requiring more advanced research skills Online research exercises with progressively more complex questions to instruct students on the latest interface features of commonly-used databases Print assignments that can work in multiple jurisdictions, reducing the demand on single library sources Companion website: www.aspenlawschool.com/books/sloan_workbook Building on its strengths, the timely Fifth Edition includes: Flexible exercises that can be completed online or in print • Updated problem sets Inclusion of Student Learning Outcomes that support formative and summative student assessment Updated exercises that reflect the latest versions of Westlaw and Lexis Questions that introduce students to Bloomberg Law and the latest government websites (e.g., govinfo.gov)



Synthesis

Synthesis Author Deborah A. Schmedemann
ISBN-10 9781454888024
Release 2017-02-17
Pages 220
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Synthesis: Legal Reading, Reasoning, and Communication employs a successful step-by-step approach to effective legal reasoning and writing skills, teaching students how to think like a lawyer: how to read the law, how to reason a client’s situation, and how to write about the case in different legal forms. Maintaining a pedagogy designed to teach students in a variety of ways, the text incorporates numerous charts and diagrams for visual learners. Exercises—based on tort law issues that are particularly accessible to first-year students—provide opportunities for active application of skills. Also included is complete coverage of memo and brief writing. The book is accompanied by a Teacher’s Manual that contains additional exercises based on different areas of the first-year curriculum, suggestions for how to most effectively use the book, and sample syllabi.



Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers

Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers Author Deborah E. Bouchoux
ISBN-10 9781454888109
Release 2017-02-05
Pages 400
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The Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers, a brief and accessible reference on mechanics and style, is a useful companion to any legal writing text. Targeted at the needs of legal writers, the text initially focuses on the rules of grammar, style, and usage — with plenty of examples. A section on Legal Documents offers strategies to improve legal writing, with sample letters, memorandum, case brief, trial brief, and appellate brief. Numerous, helpful examples showcase both good and bad writing.



Basic Legal Research Workbook Revised 4e

Basic Legal Research Workbook Revised 4e Author Amy E. Sloan
ISBN-10 1454850418
Release 2015-07-22
Pages 176
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With a balance of traditional print and current electronic sources, the Revised Fourth Edition of BASIC LEGAL RESEARCH WORKBOOK encourages independent, experiential learning. Proven effective in the classroom, the authors carefully developed problems gradually progress from introductory to more complex. Whether accompanying Amy Sloan s BASIC LEGAL RESEARCH: TOOLS AND STRATEGIES, Sixth Edition, or any other legal research text, these exercises provide hands-on practice throughout the course that will serve students well in their careers as lawyers. Hallmarks of Basic Legal Research Workbook: Coverage that mirrors the research sources studied in first-year Legal Research courses, including both print and electronic sources A logical and intuitive organization Library exercises, presented at graduating levels of difficulty, from basic searches to those requiring more advanced research skills Print assignments that can work in multiple jurisdictions, reducing the demand on single library sources Building on its strengths, the timely Revised Fourth Edition includes updated electronic research exercises that progressively instruct students on the latest interface features from WestlawNext and Lexis Advance.