Main Image

About the Book

Synthesis: Legal Reading, Reasoning, and Communication, 5E

Front Cover - Synthesis: Legal Reading, Reasoning, and Communication, 5E

Fifth Edition

Deborah A. Schmedemann, Mitchell Hamline School of Law 
Christina L. KunzMitchell Hamline School of Law

2017. 608 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-8650-1. Teacher's Manual Coming Soon.

About the Book

Synthesis: Legal Reading, Reasoning, and Communication, now in its fifth edition, offers in-depth discussion, step-by-step approaches, and varied examples to help students learn how to read, think, write, and converse as excellent and ethical lawyers do.

Hallmark features of Synthesis: Legal Reading, Reasoning, and Communication:
Explains how to read various types of legal authorities and how to conduct three forms of legal reasoning
Encompasses analytical writing in the form of objective memos, advice and demand letters, motion practice memoranda, and appellate briefs
Encompasses drafting of contracts and pleadings
Encompasses a wide range of lawyer conversations: interviewing and counseling clients, negotiation with opposing counsel, and oral arguments in trial and appellate court
Draws on four realistic sample cases, with a variety of legal issues and practice settings, for in-text examples and sample documents 
Incorporates ethical standards and cases throughout
Includes a wealth of study aids, such as diagrams, charts, questions for discussion, and pre-reading questions 
Presents process-oriented appendices on writing, composition, and citation
Provides a series of integrated exercises for guided student practice
Includes resources on a companion website:

Thoroughly updated, the Fifth Edition presents:
Three new chapters covering all-important, informal lawyer conversations: 
o Chapter 10: Interviewing the Client
o Chapter 11: Counseling the Client
o Chapter 15: Negotiating with Opposing Counsel
Test Your Understanding questions and answers at the end of each chapter to prime and reinforce understanding of key concepts
Sharper focus on four sample cases
Revision of the advocacy examples to focus on a single, cutting-edge constitutional issue and to include actual appellate briefs on that issue 
Deeper basis for ethics and rules discussion, with additional materials (including the new ABA non-discrimination rule) and questions for discussion
Diagrams at the beginning of each chapter presenting overarching themes

Preface / Sample Chapters