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About the Book

Readings in Persuasion: Briefs that Changed the World

Linda H. Edwards, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2012. 300 9ages. ISBN 978-0-7355-8775-5.
With Teacher's Manual

About the Book

An innovative book for use as either a primary text in an advanced legal writing class or as a secondary text in a basic legal writing course. In the first part of the book, individual chapters cover advanced legal writing topics (e.g., such as rhetoric, voice, emotion, metaphor, and narrative).  The second part of the book introduces famous cases, with the story of each case. Briefs from each case will be available on a companion website. 


  • Highly respected author 
  • Flexibility makes the book easy to use as a core text in advanced legal writing, with other materials; the chapters can be taken in any order
  • High-interest content that makes it easy to engage students
  • Each chapter focuses on important legal writing subjects, such as rhetoric, voice, emotion, metaphor, and narrative 
  • Features famous cases 
  • Chapter introductions provide interesting insights, such as historical context, the story of the case and of the litigation of it, information about the lawyers who wrote the briefs on both sides, what the courts decided, and, where relevant, about what has happened since
  • Full-text cases and briefs will be offered on a companion website    
  • Photos that enliven the text
  • A Teacherís Manual with sample syllabi and suggested readings for each brief