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Legal Method and Writing II: Trial and Appellate Advocacy, Contracts, and Correspondence

Eighth Edition


Charles Calleros
ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Kimberly Holst
ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

2018. Approx. 300 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-9715-6

About the Book

The clear and comprehensive text in Legal Method and Writing II, coupled with numerous illustrations and exercises, immerses students in the world of appellate briefs, pleadings, motions, contracts, and professional correspondence. Esteemed new co-author Kimberly Holst adds her considerable experience, expertise, and insights to the eighth edition of Legal Method and Writing II. 

This revision expands coverage of motions to dismiss, while maintaining in-depth coverage of complaints, answers, motions for summary judgment, and motions in limine to exclude evidence. Numerous illustrations, sample documents, and exercises address issues ranging from enforcement of marriage contracts to sexual harassment in the workplace. 

Retaining the features that have made it a perennial favorite with students and instructors, Legal Method and Writing II features: 

  • Introductions to the elements of written advocacy, including ethical concerns, strategic considerations, organization, writing style, issue statements, point headings, and effective presentation of rules and fact analysis
  • In-depth treatment of trial briefs, including pleadings, motions to dismiss, motions
  • for summary judgment, and motions in limine to exclude evidence
  • Thorough coverage of appellate briefs and appellate standards of review, with particular attention paid to policy arguments
  • Generous use of sample briefs, documents, and forms
  • The basics of drafting a legal contract
  • A guide to professional advice and demand letters
  • Examples and illustrations, integrated throughout the text  
  • Numerous exercises and assignments for developing professional lawyering skills 
  • Citations to rules of civil and appellate procedure and other helpful authorities

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