The Pre-Writing Handbook for Law Students

A Step-by-Step Guide

Laura P. Graham and Miriam E. Felsenburg
eISBN-13: 9781531007737

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Intended primarily for use in the first few weeks of the first-semester legal writing course, The Pre-Writing Handbook for Law Students takes a systematic approach to the process of learning legal analysis. The Handbook is designed to help students focus on and become competent in the process of legal analysis that precedes their work on early legal writing products such as memos, case briefs, and other documents. This book teaches a new approach to learning legal analysis through the introduction of a series of repeatable steps that students can apply to any legal scenario. By practicing and internalizing these analytic steps, students will experience a smoother writing process that translates into a better written product.
Each chapter of the Handbook contains several useful features:
-Frequent metacognitive checkpointstext boxes that prompt students to pause or stop in their pre-writing work and assess their own efficiency and effectiveness
-Concrete examples of how the steps in the pre-writing process actually work in two fully developed recurring legal scenarios.
-End-of-chapter recaps that summarize the desired results of the students work during each step of the pre-writing process.
-Independent Practice Exercises.
The Teacher's Manual includes advice on how to incorporate this book's new approach into an existing first-semester legal writing course; complete keys to all of the book's exercises; and complete samples of objective memos, a trial brief, an opinion letter, and a demand letter for use with the recurring scenarios and the independent exercises. The thorough content of the Teacher's Manual should enable professors to use the Handbook effectively with minimal additional preparation.

Sold By Carolina Academic Press
ISBNs 161163184X, 9781611631845, 1531007732, 9781531007737
Language English
Number of Pages 142