Like the very popular 1st edition, this 2nd edition of A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis puts the reader in the place of a first-year lawyer/attorney faced with real life assignments. In doing so, it teaches students not only how to succeed in law school, but also how to succeed in the practice of law. Using visual samples and graphics, the ebook shows best practices in both electronic and traditional environments. Speaking to its readers in a straightforward manner, A Lawyer Writes 2e communicates essential skills and theories so that they will be retained for a lifetime of legal practice.
There are two significant changes in the 2nd edition of A Lawyer Writes. First, 2 new chapters have been added: Chapter 17, Client Letters, and Chapter 19, The Transition from Objective to Persuasive Writing. (What was Chapter 17, Professional E-mails, will appear as Chapter 18.) In addition, section 8.3, Applying the Law: Counter Analyses, has been re-organized, but the content has remained the same. All other updates to the book are smaller edits that create consistency, fix errors, or further clarify an existing idea.
”A Lawyer Writes is the perfect ebook for the first semester of Legal Writing. It explains the foundations of legal reasoning, illustrates those foundations with practical examples, and is an exemplary model of its own lessons about good legal writing.” — Steve Johansen, Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School (on the 1st edition)
”A Lawyer Writes made a great difference in my teaching to law students this year. The ebook explains concisely the expectations of lawyers and attorneys regarding organization of legal analysis and then explicitly shows law students how to meet those expectations. The frequent examples are a great complement to the accessible and cleat text.” — Suzanne Rowe, Luvaas Faculty Fellow 2008-09, Director, Legal Research and Writing, Associate Professor of Law, University of Oregon (on the 2nd edition)
About the Authors
Christine Coughlin is Director of Legal Analysis, Research & Writing and a Professor of Legal Writing at Wake Forest University School of Law.
Joan Rocklin is a Legal Research and Writing Senior Lecturer and Director of Externships and Clinics at University of Oregon School of Law.
Sandy Patrick is a Professor of Legal Analysis and Writing at Lewis & Clark Law School.