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U.S. Legal Reasoning, Writing, and Practice for International Lawyers

John B. Thornton, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
Format
Book
Published
New Providence, NJ : LexisNexis, [2014]
Language
English
Variant Title
United States legal reasoning, writing and practice for international lawyers
ISBN
9780769856568, 076985656X, 9780327179801 (ebook)
Contents
  • A brief history of the common law in the United States
  • Similarities and differences between civil law systems and the U.S. legal system
  • The constitution and the U.S. system of government
  • The three-tiered U.S. court system
  • Reading cases
  • Writing a case brief
  • Organizing information from cases
  • The civil litigation process in the United States
  • Deductive and inductive reasoning
  • Introduction to U.S. legal rhetoric
  • Contrasts between the rhetorical styles of english and of other languages
  • Writing the office memorandum : large-scale and small-scale organization
  • The heart of legal reasoning
  • Citations to authority
  • The question presented, the short answer, and executive summaries
  • The introduction, or statement of facts
  • Writing and editing the work : verb tenses, articles, plurals, and punctuation
  • Editing unnecessary language and checking for proper legal vocabulary, active voice, and action verbs
  • Overview of legal research
  • Working in U.S. law firms
  • Writing emails and the email memorandum
  • Writing client letters and letters to opposing counsel
  • Overview of contract drafting
  • Law school skills : preparing for and taking final examinations.
Description
xxii, 452 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Teacher's manual: x, 94 pages ; 28 cm
Notes
  • Includes glossary.
  • Includes index.
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