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A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method

Front Cover - A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method

Fifth Edition

John C. Dernbach, Widener University
Richard V. Singleton II, Blank Rome LLP
Cathleen S. Wharton, University of Georgia
Joan M. Ruhtenberg, Indiana University, Indianapolis
Catherine J. Wasson, Elon University

2013.  528 pages.  ISBN: 978-1-4548-2699-6.

With Teacherís Manual.

About the Book

An updated classic presents the essential skills of legal reasoning and analysis to a new generation of law students. Its straightforward, flexible presentation man allows each teacheróand studentóto engage with the material in his or her own way. Legal reasoning and writing is carefully explored as series of accessible and simple guidelines, and focused exercises allow students immediate practice. By covering the basic principles of legal method, students learn to apply these principles in legal writing. Extensive appendices offer useful examples. A Teacherís Manual includes additional exercises, teaching suggestions, and advice for new teachers.

The Fifth Edition offers a brand new chapter on oral argument as well as additional material on electronic communication. A fresh and tightened presentation is enhanced by a two-color design. 

Hallmark features of A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method:

  • updated classic for a new generation of law students
  • flexible, straightforward presentation 
  • covers the essential skills of legal reasoning and analysis 
  • allows each teacheróand studentóto engage in his or her own way
  • legal reasoning and writing presented as a series of accessible and simple guidelines
  • focused exercises allow students immediate practice
  • students learn the basic principles of legal method and apply them to legal writing
  • extensive appendices with useful examples
  • Teacherís Manual with additional exercises, teaching suggestions, and advice for new teachers

Thoroughly updated, the revised Fifth Edition presents:

  • a new chapter on oral argument
  • additional material on electronic communication
  • fresh and tightened presentation throughout
  • 2-color design