Higher Education

Case Analysis and Fundamentals of Legal Writing, 4th Edition

  • William P. Statsky Thomas Edison State College
  • R. John Wernet, Jr.
  • ISBN-10: 0314040188  |  ISBN-13: 9780314040183
  • 480 Pages
  • © 1994 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $294.75



This popular paralegal-specific text introduces the skills of reading and analyzing court opinions. It focuses on briefing cases and applying case law in legal memoranda and advocacy letters. This is a major revision with new cases and expanded writing chapters.

Features and Benefits

  • * Clear methodical approach offers support each step of the way with guidelines, figures, examples, and assignments.
  • * Expanded writing chapters focus on achieving clarity in legal writing.
  • * New brief coverage of legal research includes an overview of using the law library to find, read, understand, write, and check the validity of an opinion.
  • * Three new cases are added to the briefing and memorandum writing chapters.
  • * Expanded supplement package offers 11 items for unparalleled teaching support.

Table of Contents

PART I: HOW TO BRIEF AN OPINION: Introduction to Court Opinions and the Legal System. Introduction to Briefing. Identifying the Parties. Identifying the Objectives and Theories of the Parties. Identifying the History of the Litigation. introduction to Identifying Key Facts. Identifying Issues and Holdings. Identifying the Reasoning. Dictum, Disposition, and Commentary on an Opinion. A Composite Brief. PART II: THE APPLICATION OF COURT OPINIONS: Fact Comparison in the Application of Case Law: Fact Similarities, Fact Differences, and Fact Gaps. Rule-of-Law Comparison. Factors Determining the Length and Comprehensiveness of Case Analysis. Primary and Secondary Authority: Their use and Abuse in legal Writing. Using and Abusing Legislative History in Legal Writing. Writing the Memorandum of Law. Letter Writing and Case Analysis. The Appelatte Brief. clarity in Legal Writing. APPENDICES: Opinions to be Used for Some of the Assignments. Suggested Responses to the Practice Assignments. Overview of Civil and Criminal Litigation. Citations in Legal Writing. Quotation Marks, Brackets, and Ellipsis Dots. Usage Rules and Guidelines From A to Z. Proofreader's Marks. Glossary. INDEX.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

William P. Statsky

William Statsky is a member of both the ethics committee and the advisory council for the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, as well as an instructor of online courses at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey. He is the author of numerous groundbreaking legal textbooks for paralegals and was a member of the transition team for then President-Elect Ronald Reagan. Mr. Statsky holds a master of law degree (LL.M) in urban affairs, as well as a juris doctorate degree (J.D.).