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Legal Writing From the Ground Up: Process, Principles, and Possibilities

Table of Contents

Part I. The Fundamentals

Section A. Thinking and Reading Like a Lawyer
Chapter 1. Tools for Success
Chapter 2. Lawyerly Logic

Section B. Writing a Legal Analysis
Chapter 3. The Context of Legal Writing
Chapter 4. Writing About the Law
Chapter 5. Writing About Your Case
Chapter 6. Organizational Choices
Chapter 7. The Pre-Writing Process
Chapter 8. Citation Basics

Section C. Setting the Stage for a Legal Analysis
Chapter 9. Factual Narratives: Factual Background and Statement of Facts
Chapter 10. Issue Identification: Issue Statements and Questions Presented

Section D. The Discipline of Writing
Chapter 11. Plain Ole Good Writing
Chapter 12. Paragraph Structure

Part II. Objective Legal Writing

Chapter 13. Overview of Objective Legal Writing: The Legal Research Memorandum
Chapter 14. The Brief Answer Section of a Legal Research Memorandum
Chapter 15. The Analysis Section of a Legal Research Memorandum
Chapter 16. The Conclusion Section of a Legal Research Memorandum

Part III. Persuasive Legal Writing

Chapter 17. Overview of Persuasive Legal Writing: Briefs
Chapter 18. Writing a Persuasive Factual Narrative
Chapter 19. The Argument Section of a Brief
Chapter 20. Point Headings
Chapter 21. Tables
Chapter 22. Appellate Brief Conventions
Chapter 23. A Memorandum of Points and Authorities

Appendix A: Self-Test Answers
Appendix B: Samples
A. One-TRRRAAAC Legal Research Memorandum
B. One-TRRRAAAC Legal Research Memorandum with Brief Answer (No Annotations)
C. TRRRAAAC by Heading Legal Research Memorandum
D. TRARARAC Legal Research Memorandum
E. Appellee’s Brief
F. Appellant’s Brief FRAP 28 Format
G. Trial Brief