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Legal Method and Writing I: Predictive Writing

Eighth Edition

Charles Calleros
ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Kimberly Holst
ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

2018. Approx. 300 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-9714-9

About the Book

Focusing on predictive analysis, the streamlined first volume of Legal Method and Writing equips students with the tools to begin thinking and writing like a lawyer. Clear and comprehensive text is coupled with numerous illustrations and exercises that immerse students in legal analysis, our system of precedent, use of authority, and predictive writing. Various formats of office memoranda are covered, with separate chapters on organization and writing style. Seamlessly woven throughout the book, multicultural themes enrich class discussion with context and perspective.

New co-author Kimberly Holst brings fresh examples, exercises, and updates to Legal Method and Writing while retaining the features that have made it a favorite among students and instructors: 

  • An overview of the writing process and case method
  • How laws get made: legislation and common law
  • An introduction to court systems (including tribal courts)
  • The nature of precedent and stare decisis
  • Excerpted opinions from Citizens United  
  • Thorough exploration of legal analysis—the IRAC paradigm and inductive reasoning—and the limitations of these approaches
  • The formal office memorandum—rich coverage of prewriting, research strategy, and presentation formats
  • Writing style, organization, and rules of citation
  • Communicating a clear synthesis of legal rules
  • Applying analyses with an IRAC
  • Choosing whether to express related rules and facts in separate IRACs, or as multiple related rules within a single IRAC
  • Additional resources in the Appendix, with instructions for briefing cases for class discussion
  • Useful citations to authority that support lessons about legal method

Preface / Sample Chapters