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Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing, 3rd Edition

  • William H. Putman
  • Jennifer R. Albright Phoenix College
  • ISBN-10: 1133591906  |  ISBN-13: 9781133591900
  • 704 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2004
  • © 2014 | Published
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Comprehensive yet easy to understand, the third edition of LEGAL RESEARCH, ANALYSIS, AND WRITING teaches the fundamentals in a hands-on, step-by-step format that is designed to build confidence. With coverage of key topics such as research analytical principles, legal research, legal analysis, and legal writing, this popular book covers the information readers need to know in order to find, access, apply, and analyze legal materials. Numerous hypotheticals, examples, and exercises clarify material and give readers additional opportunities for practice. In addition, the third edition includes the most up-to-date information in the field, with special attention given to electronic research programs such as WestlawNext, LexisNexis interface, Shepard's online, and Westlaw's KeyCite.

Features and Benefits

  • Each chapter includes a hypothetical that is designed to create 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.
  • A list of online resources is included in the chapters, allowing students to access additional information on chapter topics from the Internet.
  • Each chapter includes a list of key points as well as exercises in order to help students review the material and master difficult concepts.
  • Every principle is followed by an example to illustrate the concept and to aid in retention of the material.
  • The text is written in an easy-to-understand format designed to enhance learning.

Table of Contents

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.

What's New

  • To prepare students for a career in today's electronic world, updated materials on electronic research are found in the third edition, with particular attention paid to programs such as WestlawNext and the new LexisNexis interface.
  • In addition to coverage of topics such as updating and validating research, students are also introduced to specific information on how to use online programs such as Shepard's online and Westlaw's KeyCite.
  • Legal research Chapters 3 to 7 have been revised to reflect relevant trends in the field. For example, new online research assignments give students the opportunity to use electronic legal research sources.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"Putman provides more detailed discussion of the legal research, analysis and writing process, with specific examples as illustrations in each chapter. This is very helpful in illustrating the basic concepts to students in a practical manner."

— Miriam Joan Allen-Hart, M.S.L.S., J.D., Palomar Community College

"The author's writing style is well-suited to the material in the test. The author explains clearly and logically the material. This subject matter can be dry and confusing, but the author sets it out clearly and in a manner that is easy for the student to grasp. This is a strength of the text that is not shared by many legal research and writing texts."

— Regina G. Dowling, University of Hartford

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Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing, Loose-Leaf Version  (ISBN-10: 1337413860 | ISBN-13: 9781337413862)

Designed to prepare you for a career as a paralegal, the third edition of LEGAL RESEARCH, ANALYSIS, AND WRITING teaches you the fundamentals in a hands-on, step-by-step format that is comprehensive yet easy to understand. With coverage of key topics such as research analytical principles, legal research, legal analysis, and legal writing, this popular text covers the information you need to know in order to find, access, apply, and analyze legal materials on the job. Numerous hypotheticals, examples, and exercises clarify material and give you additional opportunities for practice. In addition, the third edition includes the most up-to-date information in the field, with special attention given to electronic research programs such as WestlawNext, LexisNexis interface, Shepard's online, and Westlaw's KeyCite.

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Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing, Loose-Leaf Version  (ISBN-10: 1337413860 | ISBN-13: 9781337413862)

Designed to prepare you for a career as a paralegal, the third edition of LEGAL RESEARCH, ANALYSIS, AND WRITING teaches you the fundamentals in a hands-on, step-by-step format that is comprehensive yet easy to understand. With coverage of key topics such as research analytical principles, legal research, legal analysis, and legal writing, this popular text covers the information you need to know in order to find, access, apply, and analyze legal materials on the job. Numerous hypotheticals, examples, and exercises clarify material and give you additional opportunities for practice. In addition, the third edition includes the most up-to-date information in the field, with special attention given to electronic research programs such as WestlawNext, LexisNexis interface, Shepard's online, and Westlaw's KeyCite.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

William H. Putman

William Putman was an instructor in the Legal Assistant Studies Program at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as the Paralegal Studies Program at Santa Fe Community College, in Santa Fe, New Mexico for ten years. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and has been a member of the New Mexico Bar since 1975.

Jennifer R. Albright

Jennifer Albright was the Director of the Paralegal Studies and Judicial Studies programs at Central New Mexico Community College for six years. She was a full-time instructor in both programs for nine years. She is currently an adjunct faculty in Legal Assistant Studies at Phoenix College and pursuing her LL.M. at Arizona State University. Jennifer received her Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law and has been a member of the New Mexico Bar since 1999.