Writing and analysis in the law

Shapo, Helene S., 1938- author

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  • Creator Helene S. Shapo, Marilyn R. Walter, Elizabeth Fajans
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication
    • Seventh edition
    • St. Paul, MN : Foundation Press, [2018]
  • Physical Details
    • xxiii, 532 pages ; 26 cm
  • ISBNs 168328237X, 9781683282372
  • OCLC on1027807411


  • "[This book] provides a guide to legal writing, focusing on the importance of thoughtful, thorough analysis and clear organization in written communications. Developed as a textbook for a first-year law school course and successful in courses for foreign LLM students, the book introduces law students to analyzing and writing about legal authority in cases and statutes. It discusses the structure and persuasive techniques of effective argumentation...The 7th edition has a new chapter on exam writing; a new section on the small-scale organization that focuses on case synthesis, case comparison, and counter-arguments; an expanded chapter on appellate briefs that adds material on the standard of review, theory of the case, persuasive writing techniques, and affirmative statements of law; new examples and exercises; and a new closed universe sample office memorandum and a new sample appellate brief."--


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Introduction to the legal system and legal writing -- Analyzing legal authority : case law -- Analyzing legal authority : statutes -- Organization of a legal discussion : large-scale organization -- Organization of a legal discussion : small-scale organization -- The thesis paragraph -- Writing a legal document : the legal memorandum -- The writing process -- Effective paragraphs -- Sentence structure -- Types of legal arguments in resolving questions of law -- Interviewing the client -- Counseling the client -- Letter writing -- The trial brief : memorandum of law in support of or in opposition to a motion -- Writing the appellate brief -- Oral argument -- Law school exams
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