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Legal research, analysis, and writing

Author: Joanne Banker Hames; Yvonne Ekern
Publisher: Upper Saddle River, New Jersey : Prentice Hall, [2011], ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 4th editionView all editions and formats
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This text fully integrates the basics of legal research, analysis, and writing, bringing together all the basic knowledge and tools needed to research and analyze a legal problem and communicate the results in diverse forms of legal memoranda. It provides many highly realistic research and writing exercises, as well as new tools designed to help students become more effective writers. Throughout, it clarifies the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joanne Banker Hames; Yvonne Ekern
ISBN: 9780135109441 0135109442
OCLC Number: 681913087
Description: xxii, 574 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents: Introduction to legal research, writing, and analysis --
The starting point: Analyzing facts and identifying legal issues --
Finding and analyzing case law --
How to brief a case --
Constitutions, statutes, and administrative regulations --
Statutory and constitutional analysis --
Secondary sources --
Digests --
Validating your research: Using Shepard's, KeyCite, and other citators --
Computer-assisted legal research (CALR): Lexis and Westlaw --
Computer-assisted legal research (CALR): The freely accessible internet --
Basic legal writing tools --
Predictive legal writing: The memorandum of law --
Persuasive writing: Writing to the court --
Motion practice: Research and writing issues --
Legal correspondence --
Appendix A: Research case files --
Appendix B: Research and writing problems based on short stated fact patterns --
Appendix C: Basic citation reference guide --
Appendix D: Research strategies: An overview --
Appendix E: Defendants' joint memorandum of points and authorities in opposition to plaintiff's motions for preliminary injunction: Initial research memoranda --
Appendix F: Appelate brief --
Appendix G: Case briefing practice --
Appendix H: Supplemental cases --
Appendix I: Answer key to "Test Yourself" --
Appendix J: U.S. Court system.
Responsibility: Joanne Banker Hames, Yvonne Ekern.

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This text fully integrates the basics of legal research, analysis, and writing, bringing together all the basic knowledge and tools needed to research and analyze a legal problem and communicate the results in diverse forms of legal memoranda. It provides many highly realistic research and writing exercises, as well as new tools designed to help students become more effective writers. Throughout, it clarifies the interrelationships among legal research, analysis, and writing, enabling students to experience the total process as it is performed in practice. Reflecting today's new realities, this edition also contains extensive new coverage of Internet-based research on both free and fee-based sites.

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