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The Legal Writing Handbook: Analysis, Research, and Writing (5th Edition)


Laurel Oates


Seattle University School of Law

Anne M. Enquist


Seattle University School of Law

July 26, 2010

Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, Forthcoming
Seattle University School of Law Research Paper No. 10-25

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The Legal Writing Handbook: Analysis, Research, and Writing, Fifth Edition is actually 7 books in one. Book 1 is an introduction to legal writing that includes an introduction to the U.S. legal system and an introduction to legal reading and analysis. Book 2 describes the basics of legal research, and it is accompanied by an Electronic Supplement that demonstrates step-by-step how to do legal research in the most recently updated electronic sources, including free sources and WestlawNext. Book 3 provides step-by-step instruction in writing objective memos, opinion letters, email, and text messages. Book 4 provides step-by-step instruction in writing motion and appellate briefs and making effective oral arguments. Book 5 provides in-depth instruction on writing effectively with numerous examples. Book 6 provides in-depth instruction on writing correctly, again with numerous examples. Book 7 discusses both grammatical and rhetorical issues that English-as-a-second-language law students often face. The Legal Writing Handbook, Fifth Edition has an accompanying website with teaching materials for professors who adopt the book, an online diagnostic exam for grammar and punctuation that is self-grading and sends students to the sections of the book they need to review, and a companion Practice Book that provides numerous exercises for students to do to reinforce the skills they have learned.

The Table of Contents, the Table of Contents for the Electronic Supplement and excerpts from Chapter 1 are available to download at the link above.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 111

Keywords: legal writing, legal research, legal analysis, ESL, legal websites, objective memos, motion briefs, efective legal writing, Westlaw, LexisNexis, oral argument, opinion letters, email for lawyers, text messaging for lawyers

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Date posted: July 26, 2010 ; Last revised: July 28, 2010

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Oates, Laurel and Enquist, Anne M., The Legal Writing Handbook: Analysis, Research, and Writing (5th Edition) (July 26, 2010). Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, Forthcoming; Seattle University School of Law Research Paper No. 10-25. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1649049

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Laurel Oates (Contact Author)
Seattle University School of Law ( email )
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States
206-398-4014 (Phone)

Anne M. Enquist
Seattle University School of Law ( email )
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States

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