About this book -- About the authors and acknowledgments -- THE BALL : LEGAL ANALYSIS. Introduction -- Your first case -- Your first argument -- Case analysis -- Case synthesis -- Statutes : "are Pringles potato chips?" -- "Oh, no, I forgot ethics" -- Ruminations -- PLAYING BALL : DOING LAW. Introduction -- Cases as puzzles -- Briefs -- Briefs analyzed and much more -- Classes : "what if the dog was an alligator?" -- Study aids, study groups, outlining and messy casebooks -- Fear and loathing in the first year -- GAME DAY : EXAMS. Introduction -- Taking exams : the only skill worth having! -- Practice test -- A tale of two answers -- Multiple-choice exams -- Exams : they weren't bluffing -- LEGAL WRITING AND ORAL ADVOCACY. Introduction -- Stories -- Goals, getting better, and getting started -- SIR transitions and writing tips -- Murder your darlings -- Writing exercises -- "May it please the court"--gulp -- LITIGATION. Introduction -- Case planning : the interplay of law and fact--backwards -- Complaints, answers, pretrial motions, and discovery -- Trials -- K v. Landlord, greatest hits -- Oh, one last thing ... -- Index
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