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Writing Legal Documents
Brief Writing and Oral Argument by
Call Number: KF251 .R4 2005
Sample documents include: Appendix B: Appellant's brief (New York State Court of Appeals); Appendix C: Petition for writ of certiorari (Supreme Court); Appendix D: Appellee's brief (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit); Appendix E: Claim or demand letter; Appendix F: Trial memoranda (Plaintiff and Defendant); Appendix G: Office memorandum of law; Appendix H. Opinion letter
Effective Appellate Advocacy by
Call Number: KF251 .B43 2003
Publication Date: 2003-10-01
Appendix C: Brief for the petitioner; Appendix D: Brief for the respondent; Appendix E: Reply brief for the petitioner; Appendix F: Oral arguments.
Grammar and Writing Handbook for Lawyers by
Call Number: KF250 .E84 2011
Parts of speech; Verb properties; Singular vs. plural; Punctuation and mechanics; Using words to convey meaning; Agreement; Composing sentences; Variety in composing sentences; Composing paragraphs; Composing a legal memorandum; Faux pas; Extra credit for grammar maestros
This book does not contain samples.
Guide to Legal Writing Style by
Call Number: KF250 .L43 2011
Contains samples of student memoranda (Ch. 5), client letters, court opinions, sexual harassment policy, resumes, cover letters, class action public notice, and other exercises.
Introduction to Advocacy by
Call Number: KF281.A2 I57 2013
Publication Date: 2013-06-10
Sample documents are based on a suit for wrongful birth: Appendix D: Memorandum;
Appendix E: Appellate Briefs (plaintiff and defendant).
Just Briefs by
Call Number: KF251 .O18 2013
Publication Date: 2013
Just Memos by
Call Number: KF250 .O178 2011
Publication Date: 2011
Just Writing, Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer by
Call Number: KF250 .E57 2013
Publication Date: 2013-01-28
Effective writing-the whole paper; Connections between paragraphs; Effective paragraphs; Connections between sentences; Effective sentences; Effective words; Eloquence; Grammar; Punctuation; Legal writing for English-as-a-second-language writers.
Ch. 3.6 contains a sample memo exerpt
Legal Method and Writing by
Call Number: KF250 .C345 2011
Introduction to writing style : policy, purpose, and audience; Overview of the case method of study; Common law; Legislation; The role of precedent : the court system and stare decisis; Deductive reasoning and IRAC-introduction to legal analysis; Case briefs; Reorganization, summary, and inductive reasoning in outline form; Essay examinations; Introduction to the law library; Content of the office memorandum of law (Sample Ch. 11); Organization of office memoranda and briefs; Legal writing style in the office memorandum; Presenting, quoting, and citing to authority; Advocacy : overview and ethics; Developing your legal arguments; Expressing your advocacy : persuasive writing style and oral argument; Pleadings; Motion for summary judgment (Sample Ch. 19); Motion to exclude evidence before trial; Standards of appellate review; The brief-effective appellate advocacy (Sample p. 453); Contracts; Advice letters (Sample p. 515); Demand letters
Legal Writing by Writing and professional work; Inside a rule of law; More about rules; Inside a statute and outlining one; Inside a judicial opinion ("a case"); Reading a case for issues, rules, and determinative facts; Policy and why courts care about it; Selecting the most appropriate cases, statutes, and other authority; Working with cases; Working with statutes; Getting to know yourself as a writer; Inside the process of writing; How professional writers plan their writing; Office memorandum format; Predictive writing in an office memorandum; CREAC : a formula for structuring proof of a conclusion of law; Varying the sequence and depth of rule explanation and rule application; Advanced CREAC : organizing more than one issue; Working with CREAC in first drafts and in later drafts; Paragraphing; Writing an effective sentence; Effective style : clarity, vividness, and conciseness; Citing authority; Quoting effectively; Client advice letters; Email memoranda; What persuades a court?; Writing a motion memorandum; The statement of the case in a motion memo or appellate brief; Developing a persuasive story; Telling the story persuasively; The argument in a motion memo or appellate brief; Point headings and subheadings; Appellate practice; Writing the appellate brief; Handling standards of review; Making policy arguments; Questions
Call Number: KF250 .N484 2011
Publication Date: 2011-03-07
Legal Writing by Part of the Examples and Explanations series. Pt.1. How to use this book; Transitioning to legal writing; pt.2. Objective writing; Overview : office memos; Choosing authority; Interpreting statutes; Organizing the discussion; Constructing a rule; Stating and explaining the rule; Applying the law : fact-based analysis; Applying the law : analogical analysis; Applying the law : policy analysis; Writing the introduction to the discussion (or argument); Writing the question presented (objective); Writing the brief answer; Writing the facts; pt.3. Persuasive writing; Overview : motions and briefs; Handling standards of review; Developing a theory of the case and themes; Writing point headings and subheadings; Making persuasive arguments; Making persuasive counterarguments; Writing the summary of the argument; Writing a persuasive fact statement; Writing the question presented (persuasive); pt.4. Revising & rewriting; Overview to part IV : revising & rewriting; Fixing awkward sentence structure; Starting paragraphs powerfully; Writing concisely to stay within the word count or page limit; Bringing it together : transitions and coherence; Appendix A. The cell phone manslaughter problem; Appendix B. The copyright and fair use problem
Call Number: KF250 .L398 2011
Legal Writing and Other Lawyering Skills by
Call Number: KF250 .S38 2010
Appendices (I-IV) include samples of memoranda, client letters, pleadings, and a sample brief (motion for summary judgment with supporting documents).
Legal Writing by Design by Introduction to reasoning; Reasoning: deductive, inductive, and analogical; Language and relevancy; From reasoning to writing: organizing our thoughts; Sources of law: reading and interpreting cases; Using cases effectively; Examples of using cases in writing a memo or brief; The legal memo: preliminary matters; Question presented and brief answer; The facts; The discussion; The conclusion and authorities cited; Introduction to appellate advocacy; The appellate brief; Statement of the case and facts; Standards of review; Questions presented; Argument headings; Summary of argument; The argument; The other parts of the brief; The oral argument; The blank page: tips on getting started; Making it shine: editing tips for the memo and brief; Citation, quotation, and style; Case briefing and sample analytical brief of a case; Ethics and professionalism; Brevity; Artistry: choosing the right word or phrase; Simplicity: avoiding confusion; Impact: making every word count; Cohesion: the power of transitions; Style: writing with elegance; Court opinion; Legal memo; Lionell's (appellant's) brief; Walker's (appellee's) brief; Lionell's reply brief
Call Number: KF250 .R36 2013
Publication Date: 2013-07-23
Legal Writing Handbook: Analysis, Research, and Writing by
Call Number: KF250 .O18 2010
Contains sample memoranda (Ch. 5), client letters (Ch. 16.4), trial briefs (Ch. 17.11), opinion letters, and appellate briefs (Ch. 18.19), along with tips on how to present an oral argument.
Plain English for Lawyers by
Call Number: KF250 .W93 2019
Publication Date: 2019-02-01
Why plain English?; Omit surplus words; Use verbs to express action; Prefer the active voice; Use short sentences; Arrange your words carefully; Choose your words carefully; Use commas carefully; Use other punctuation marks carefully; Use easy-to-read design techniques
Point Taken by
Call Number: KF251 .G837 2015
Publication Date: 2015-09-01
Introduction -- Part 1. Set the stage: the opening -- Part; 2. The tale: the facts ; Part 3. The meat: the legal analysis; Part 4. The words: style "must-haves" ; Part 5. The words: "nice-to-haves" in style; Part 6. Dissents: the road not traveled
Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method by
Call Number: KF250 .P72 2010
Sample documents: Appendix A: Office memorandum; Appendix B: Opinion letter; Appendix C: Defendant's brief to the trial court; Appendix D: Plaintiff's brief to the trial court; Appendix E: Trial court's decision; Appendix F: Appellant's brief; Appendix G: Appellee's brief; Appendix H: Selected books on style and grammar.
The Redbook by
Call Number: KF250 .G38 2018
Publication Date: 2018-06-27
Part 3 covers the preparation of legal documents. Included are samples of research memoranda (§ 16;), opinion and demand letters (§§ 17-18), pleadings (§ 20), motions (§ 21), appellate briefs (§ 22), judicial opinions (§ 23) and contracts (§ 24).
Strategic Legal Writing by
Call Number: KF250 .Z55 2008
Prayer at the athletic banquet--How to draft a complaint (sample); Terminating Professor Melton -- How to draft a motion (sample); Mr. Blaustein's gift -- How to respond to a motion (sample); Counseling Dean Covelli -- How to draft a judicial opinion (sample); Advising Professor Melton -- How to draft a motion for summary judgment (sample)
The Winning Brief by
Call Number: KF251 .G37 2014
Publication Date: 2014
Appendix A: A before-and-after makeover of a motion to dismiss; Appendix B: A petition for discretionary review; Appendix C: A remarkable appellee's brief
These books are some of the best guides to writing papers and law review notes. Ask for them at the Circulation Desk; there are multiple copies of each available on reserve.
Academic Legal Writing by
Call Number: KF250 .V65 2016
Publication Date: 2016-02-22
Finding what to write about (the claim); Test suites making prescriptive claims more sound; Writing strategy; Writing the introduction; Writing the "background" section; Writing the proof of the claim; The conclusion and after the conclusion; Finishing the first draft, and the zeroth draft; Tips on researching; Editing: general principles; Editing: getting help from your faculty advisor; Writing: logical problems to watch for; Writing: paragraph-level problems to watch for; Writing: sentence/clause problems to watch for; Writing: word/phrase problems to watch for; Writing: rhetorical problems to watch for; Editing exercises; Using evidence correctly; Writing and researching: timeline and summary; A sample highly successful student article; Turning practical work into articles; Writing seminar term papers; Cite-checking others' articles; Publishing and publicizing; Entering writing competitions; Getting on law review; Academic ethics; Conclusion
Scholarly Writing for Law Students by
Call Number: KF250 .F35 2017
Publication Date: 2017-03-24
Introduction: scholarly writing in law school; Inspiration: choosing a topic and developing a thesis; The mostly research stage; The writing process: getting it down on paper; The writing process: revising and polishing; Footnotes and the ethical use of borrowed materials; Writing with care; Writing with style; The law review process: evaluating and editing the work of others; Getting mileage: winning awards, publishing your work, and joining the conversation; Appendix A: Sample casenote/competition paper; Appendix B: Answers to exercises; Appendix C: Scholarly writing workshops and courses
Scholarly Writing (3d ed.) by
Call Number: KF250 .C528 2019
Publication Date: 2019-01-01
Introduction to scholarly writing; Thinking: finding your topic and developing your thesis; Preparing: developing horizontal and vertical knowledge; Executing: writing the draft; Refining: evaluating and revising your draft; Refining: taking and incorporating feedback; Finishing: polishing the final product; Finishing: publishing your paper
Writing for Law Review
The books under scholarly writing are useful for writing for law review as well.
Making Law Review: The Expert's Guide to Mastering the Write-On Competition by
Call Number: KF250 .H46 2008
What is the law review?; Should you be on law review?; Methods of getting onto the law review; An overview of the write-on competition; Preparing for the write-on competition; Writing your submission paper: 12 steps to success; The editing exercise; The personal statement.
Make Law Review by
Call Number: KF250 .E56 2009
Publication Date: 2009
What is a "case comment"? Who reads it, and why?; Preparing to read your case, and write your case comment; How to read your assigned case; Writing the "facts" section of the case comment; Writing the "background" section of the case comment; Writing the "opinion" section of the case comment; Writing the all-important "analysis" section of the case comment; The art of the footnote; The "case note": tying two or more cases together; What happens when you make the law review?