Legal Research, Analysis and Writing eBook (6e) : 9780134560168

Legal Research, Analysis and Writing eBook (6e)

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For courses in legal research, legal writing, or legal analysis


The basics of legal research, analysis, and writing in a practical, relevant approach

Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing gives students the essential knowledge and tools they need to research and analyse a legal problem and communicate the results in diverse forms of legal memoranda. Covering both traditional and free Internet research, the book’s practical, relevant approach provides a number of outstanding teaching and learning aids, among them short memos with hypothetical factual situations for students to research, research and writing exercises and assignments, writing examples and exercises, online research exercises, citation exercises, numerous sample pages and screenshots, legal research problems with answers, checklists for research and writing, and an Instructor’s Manual. The 6th Edition updates and expands many of the examples and exercises used throughout the text to give students the latest information available.

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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 Law Decision 
  5. Constitutions, Statutes, and Administrative Regulations 
  6. Statutory and Constitutional Analysis              
  7. Secondary Sources 
  8. Digests 
  9. Validating Your Research: Using Shepard’s, 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
Features & benefits

Research, analysis, and writing assignments throughout the text help students learn through real situations with numerous opportunities to practice the concepts and skills.

  • Short memorandums at the start of each chapter—From the Desk of W. J. Bryan, Esq.contain hypothetical factual situations to be researched and analysed by a fictional research associate.
  • NEW! End-of-chapter Write It Right writing examples and exercises target important skills for effective legal research and writing. Suggested answers in the Appendix allow students to evaluate their work.
  • End-of-chapter Online Research Exercises include research problems that can be completed in a law library or a “free” online research website.
  • End-of-chapter Citation Exercises provide hands-on experience.
  • Can You Figure It Out? features make use of the numerous sample pages or screen shots in the chapters to help students successfully complete assignments.
  • Test Yourself legal research problems with answers appear in the Appendix. This feature also includes a section called Write It Right, which include writing assignments preceded by an explanation and example, with suggested answers often provided in an Appendix. Included are a variety of basic and legal writing issues.
  • From the Writer’s Corner questions are included in the chapters.
  • Chapters also include a Chapter Summary, Terms to Remember, Citation Matters, Questions for Review, a Case Project, and Checklists for research and writing.
  • NEW! Updated and enhanced Chapter Objectives provide motivating learning goals.

All forms of legal research are incorporated, including print, free online research sites, and fee-based sites (Westlaw and Lexis Advance).

  • NEW! Expanded discussion of free Internet research websites includes an emphasis on government sites, affecting the current trend in legal research among legal professionals.
  • NEW! All Finding It Online URLs have been verified and updated, preventing students from unnecessary frustration from sites that are no longer active.
  • NEW! Substantial revisions to Chapter 11 provide students with the most current legal research websites and the newest screenshots.
  • NEW! To reflect the current preference to online research over print resources, many figures reflecting pages in print legal research materials have been deleted, making chapters easier to read.
  • NEW! Chapter 10, Westlaw and Lexis Advance, has been substantially updated and revised to eliminate discussion of first generation sites and concentrate on providing students with the most current information available.

Writing is incorporated throughout the book, including:

  • Writing exercises in each chapter,
  • Sample documents in relevant chapters, and
  • Running vocabulary throughout the text.

Helpful Appendices provide additional information on research case files, research and writing problems based on short-stated fact patterns, legal citation, research strategies, case briefing practice, supplemental cases, an answer key to the Test Yourself questions, and the U.S, Court System.

  • NEW! The Citation Guide in Appendix C has been updated to reflect changes in the 20th Edition of the Bluebook, reflecting the current status of citation rules.
  • NEW! The Answers to Test Yourself part of Appendix G has been revised to include suggested answers to the writing exercises in each chapter.
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