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Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Kathryn Myers

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Jul 30, 2013

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For all courses in legal research and writing in paralegal or related programs.


This comprehensive guide to modern legal research and writing offers a unique balance of traditional print research techniques with newer online methods. Throughout, LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING helps students fully understand the issues they are researching, so they can apply analytical thinking to achieve superior results. Students discover how laws are made, how to decide which law is applicable, how to read the law, how to search modern legal databases, and how to apply the law in a client's unique situation. The text offers insights for overcoming research obstacles, and provides many examples, figures, and reference checklists. It also offers deep insight into effective writing, including extensive coverage of case briefs, memoranda of law, external briefs, correspondence, and pleadings. A concise review of the writing process addresses everything from pre-writing to grammar and word usage. Extensive pedagogical features include opening scenarios, lists of key terms, case excerpts, media and web resources, and many forms of practice, from Quick Check quizzes to detailed Research Assignments.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Introduction to Legal Research

Chapter 2 The Structure of Government and the Court System

Chapter 3 Understanding the Origins and Organizations of the Law

Chapter 4 Types of Law

Chapter 5 Legal Citation Form

Chapter 6 Citing Sources:¿ The Bluebook and ALWD

Chapter 7 Tools for Manual and Online Research¿

Chapter 8 Main Secondary Authorities

Chapter 9 Finding Aids, Drafting Aids, and Miscellaneous Secondary Authorities

Chapter 10 Researching Enacted Law and Related Materials

Chapter 11 Researching the Common Law (Case Laws)

Chapter 12 The Administrative Agencies and Special Laws¿

Chapter 13 Updating and Validating Research

Chapter 14 The Foundation of Writing

Chapter 15 The Case Brief

Chapter 16 Writing an Internal Memorandum of Law

Chapter 17 Writing External Briefs

Chapter 18 Correspondence¿

Chapter 19 Drafting Pleadings and Other Legal Document



Appendix 1 Form documents, briefs, memoranda

Appendix 2

Appendix 3 Internet resources


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$48.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-702370-7