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The Guide to U.S. Legal Analysis and Communication

Summary of Contents 


Part One. Introduction to the Study of the U.S. Legal System
Chapter 1. The U.S. System of Government
Chapter 2. The Common Law in the United States 
Chapter 3. The Anatomy of the Civil Litigation process
Chapter 4. The U.S. Legal Education System: Studying the Law and Briefing Cases

Part Two. An Introduction to Writing in the U.S. Legal System
Chapter 5. The Legal Writing Process
Chapter 6. The U.S. Concept of Plagiarism and the Proper Attribution to Authority 

Part Three. Writing an Objective Analysis
Chapter 7. Writing an Objective Analysis Discussion of a Fact-Based Issue: Based on One Issue and One Issue
Chapter 8. Writing a Discussion for a Fact-Based Issue: Using Policy to Support a Legal Analysis
Chapter 9. Analyzing the Law: Using Multiple Cases in Analyzing a Single Issue
Chapter 10. Taking the Objective Analysis to a Higher Level: Synthesizing a Single Rule from Multiple Cases
Chapter 11. Beyond the Single TRAC: Structuring an Analysis of Multiple Fact-Based Issues
Chapter 12: Analyzing the Law: Using Multiple Cases in Analyzing Multiple Issues
Chapter 13. An Overview of Statutory Interpretation in the U.S. Courts
Chapter 14. Introduction to an Objective Legal Analysis of a Law-Based Issue

Part Four. Expository Writing
Chapter 15. Beyond the Objective Analysis of a Legal Issue; Other Elements of the Office Memorandum
Chapter 16. Writing Persuasively 
Chapter 17. Oral Advocacy
Chapter 18. Writing Letters
Chapter 19. Citing to Authority

Part Five. Law School Examinations
Chapter 20. Exam-Taking Techniques