About the Book
Off and Running: A Practical Guide to Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing
Angela C. Arey
Legal Writing Professor
University of Maine School of Law
Nancy A. Wanderer
Legal Writing Professor; Director, Legal Research and Writing Program University of Maine Law School
2014. 288 pages. ISBN 978-1-4548-3615-5.
With Teacher's Manual and Ancillaries
About the Book
- Fully integrated coursebook for first semester of 1L LRW course. Integrates research, analysis, and writing.
- Emphasis on how skills relate to the practice of law, with focus on both litigation and transactional applications.
- Professionalism and ethics discussions, including “ethics alert” boxes, are integrated throughout the text.
- Presents one classroom-tested fact pattern to demonstrate how to i.d. the issues in the fact pattern, use legal resources to research those issues, and use the research results to write documents such as an objective memorandum and a client letter.
- Professors may assign different fact patterns, set in other jurisdictions, to have students demonstrate their skills. They may also assign a closed-universe problem during the early weeks of the semester.
- Robust TM contains a series of suggested fact patterns and jurisdictions that professors may use as a resource, if desired. The TM also includes suggestions on how to structure a closed-universe assignment, exercises, in-class activities, and other teaching strategies.
- Other chapters cover an overview of the U.S. legal system, the basics of grammar, punctuation and style; how to use e-mail effectively; and incorporating LW principles into litigation and transactional documents.
- Book takes a streamlined approach, focusing on the essentials and using plain English, in order to remain accessible to students