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Legal Reasoning and Legal Writing

Seventh Edition

Richard K. Neumann, Jr., 
Hofstra University
Kristen Konrad Tiscione, Georgetown University



2013. Approx. 544 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-2697-2

With Teacherís Manual.

About the Book

A leading text in legal writing, Legal Reasoning and Legal Writing explores the nuts and bolts of writing an office memo, a motion memo, and an appellate brief. In addition, chapters are included on oral argument and client letters. Well-known and highly regarded authors deliver the best explanation available on the reasoning underlying the proof of a conclusion of law. Thoughtful coverage of all aspects of legal reasoning goes from rule-based analysis to the strategy of persuasion. Helpful instruction on the process of writing accompanies a study of the mechanics of style and grammar. Examples and exercises throughout the text provide needed practice.

The presentation of the Seventh Edition is tighter with a more open page design that is even easier to read. Coverage has been fine-tuned in response to user feedback.  There are now new chapters on email memos and a new appendix on document design. Additional insight is given on the writing process as well as the process of persuasion, all with updated examples and exercises. Chapters on briefing cases, interviewing clients, and writing exam answers, as well as appendices on basic legal usage and rules of punctuation have been moved to the website for easy access.

Hallmark features of Legal Reasoning and Legal Writing:
  • comprehensive coverage
o office memos
o motion memo
o appellate briefs
o oral argument
o client letters
  • best explanation available on the Paradigm for Organizing a Proof of a Conclusion of Law
  • thoughtful coverage of all aspects of legal reasoning, from rule-based analysis to the strategy of persuasion
  • careful instruction on process of writing, as well as mechanics of style and grammar
  • examples and exercises included throughout.
  • well-known and highly regarded authors
Thoroughly updated, the revised Seventh Edition presents:
  • tighter presentation and with an open page design making the material more accessible
  • new chapters on email memos
  • updated examples and exercises
  • fine-tuned coverage in response to feedback from users
  • new material on the writing process
  • additional insight on the process of persuasion
  • new appendix on document design
  • material on briefing cases; obtaining fact; writing exam answers; and appendices on basic legal usage and Rules of Punctuation moved to the website for greater convenience

Preface / Sample Chapters