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Overview

The second edition of this popular text provides students with in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals divided into four parts: Introduction to Research Analytical Principles and the Legal Process; Legal Research; Legal Analysis; and Legal Writing. This approach meets the challenge that Paralegals and law clerks are increasingly faced with when called upon to perform substantive legal research, analysis, and writing tasks. Comprehensive coverage of the difficult areas of legal research, analysis, and writing, such as: conducting statutory research and analysis; how to cite authority; how to identify the key facts in a case; how to conduct counteranalysis; and how to prepare an interoffice memorandum and court brief are included. Numerous hypotheticals, examples, and exercises engage students, and make the subject matter easier to comprehend. The setup of this text allows for use in separate research and writing courses, or where both researching and writing are combined in one course, instructors can select the chapters deemed appropriate.

William H. Putman, JD,

William Putman is a lawyer and former instructor in the programs for Legal Assistant Studies at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque and Paralegal Studies at Santa Fe Community College. A member of the New Mexico Bar since 1975, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law.
  • Each chapter includes a hypothetical that creates interest in a topic and is supported by principles, concepts, and guidelines. The answers allow students to see how the subject matter ties together and is applied.
  • Each chapter has a list of online resources allowing students to access additional information on chapter topics from the Internet.
  • A list of key points is included in each chapter for quick reference and doubles as a checklist when applying the concepts presented in the chapter.
  • Provides in-depth coverage of: Step-by-step approach to researching primary and secondary authority with multiple examples; Issue stating; Issue identification (issue spotting;Case law analysis (is a case on point); Counteranalysis; Statutory analysis, and Interoffice Legal Memorandum Preparation.
  • Every principle is followed by an example to illustrate the concept and to aid in retention of the material.
  • Each chapter has several exercises ranging in difficulty that are answered in the teacher's manual.
  • The text is written in an easy-to-understand format avoiding legalese with clearly illustrated examples.
PART I: INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH, ANALYTICAL PRINCIPLES, AND THE LEGAL PROCESS.
1: Introduction to Legal Principles and Authorities.
2: Introduction to Legal Research and Analysis.
PART II: LEGAL RESEARCH.
3: Constitutions, Statutes, Administrative Law, and Court Rules--Research and Analysis.
4: Case Law--Research and Briefing.
5: Secondary Authority and Other Research Sources--Encyclopedias, Treatises, American Law Reports, Digests, Shepard's.
6: Secondary Authority-- Periodicals, Restatements, Uniform Laws, Dictionaries, Legislative History, and Other Secondary Authorities.
7: Computers and Legal Research.
8: Legal Citation.
PART III: THE SPECIFICS OF LEGAL ANALYSIS.
9: Legal Analysis--Key Facts.
10: Legal Analysis--Issue Identification--Spotting the Issue.
11: Legal Analysis--Stating the Issue.
12: Case Law Analysis--Is a Case on Point?
13: Counteranalysis.
PART IV: LEGAL WRITING.
14: Fundamentals of Writing.
15: The Writing Process for Effective Legal Writing.
16: Office Legal Memorandum: Issues and Facts.
17: Office Legal Memorandum: Analysis to Conclusion.
18: External Memoranda: Court Briefs.
19: Correspondence.
Appendix A: Court Opinions Referred to in the Text.
Appendix B: Appellate Court Brief.
Appendix C: Web Sites.
Glossary.
Index.
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