About the Book
Legal Writing: Process, Analysis, and Organization
Process-Based Approach Adeptly Integrates Legal Analysis and Writing
Linda H. Edwards
University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
2010. 480 pages. ISBN: 978-07355-8514-0.
With Teacherís Manual.
About the Book
In the Fifth Edition of this highly accessible text, Legal Writing: Process, Analysis, and Organization uses a process-based approach that integrates legal analysis with writing to provide a basic introduction to the skills needed for effective legal writing. Professor Linda Edwards, a highly respected member of the legal writing community, identifies four main stages of a writing task and helps students learn how to use each stage as a tool to better writing.
Among the attributes that have made Legal Writing: Process, Analysis, and Organization so successful:
- The text takes students, step-by-step, through outlining, creating a working draft, creating the final document, and revising effectively.
- Creating a rule of law is integrated into the writing process and linked to the large-scale organization of the document, so that reasoning and writing are taught as two interrelated processes.
- Concrete explanations and examples that reinforce the material.
- Exercises that help students build their writing skills.
- Appendices that include sample office memoranda, trial brief, appellate briefs, letters, and cases used in the textís examples and exercises.
New to the updated Fifth Edition:
- A chapter on professional letter writing has been added that includes letters to clients, letters to other lawyers, and transmittal letters.
- An appendix with various sample letters.
Legal Writing: Process, Analysis, and Organization, Fifth Edition, is an accessible and teachable text that focuses on the basic substantive and organizational principles of good legal writing.