Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing, 6th edition

  • Joanne B. Hames
  • Yvonne Ekern

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The basics of legal research, analysis, and writing in a practical, relevant approach

Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing gives students the essential knowledge and tools they need to research and analyze a legal problem and communicate the results in diverse forms of legal memoranda. Covering both traditional and free Internet research, the book’s practical, relevant approach provides a number of outstanding teaching and learning aids, among them short memos with hypothetical factual situations for students to research, research and writing exercises and assignments, writing examples and exercises, online research exercises, citation exercises, numerous sample pages and screenshots, legal research problems with answers, checklists for research and writing, and an Instructor’s Manual. The Sixth Edition updates and expands many of the examples and exercises used throughout the text to give students the latest information available.

Table of contents

  1. Introduction to Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis
  2. The Starting Point: Analyzing Facts and Identifying Legal Issues 
  3. Finding and Analyzing Case Law 
  4. How To Read and Summarize a Case Law Decision 
  5. Constitutions, Statutes, and Administrative Regulations 
  6. Statutory and Constitutional Analysis              
  7. Secondary Sources 
  8. Digests 
  9. Validating Your Research: Using Shepard’s, KeyCite, and Other Citators
  10. Computer-Assisted Legal Research (CALR): Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law 
  11. Computer-Assisted Legal Research (CALR): The Freely Accessible Internet 
  12. Basic Legal Writing Skills 
  13. The Memorandum of Law: Predictive Legal Writing
  14. Writing to the Court: Persuasive Writing 
  15. Motion Practice: Research and Writing Issues 
  16. Legal Correspondence 

APPENDIX A: Research Case Files 

APPENDIX B: Research and Writing Problems Based on Short Stated Fact Patterns 

APPENDIX C: Legal Citation

APPENDIX D: Research Strategies: An Overview

APPENDIX E: Case Briefing Practice 

APPENDIX F: Supplemental Cases 

APPENDIX G: Answer Key to “Test Yourself”

APPENDIX J: U.S. Court System  

Published by Pearson (January 12th 2017) - Copyright © 2018