A Lawyer Writes

A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis

Fourth Edition

by Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud Rocklin, Sandy Patrick

Forthcoming June 2024

Tags: First Year, Legal Writing

Table of Contents (PDF)

2024 Teacher's Manual forthcoming

464 pp  $68.00

ISBN 978-1-5310-2069-9
eISBN 978-1-5310-2070-5

For class planning purposes, instructors may find a brief list of changes from the third edition of A Lawyer Writes here.

Like the popular earlier editions, the fourth edition of A Lawyer Writes puts the reader in the place of a first-year attorney faced with real-life assignments. In doing so, it teaches law students not only how to succeed in law school, but also how to succeed in the practice of law. Using graphics and visual samples that demonstrate both effective and ineffective analytical techniques, this updated edition illustrates best practices for objective legal analysis and provides an overview of the transition from objective to persuasive writing.

The content and examples in the fourth edition have been supplemented, updated, and reorganized to provide an easy-to-use, step-by-step approach for learning legal analysis and objective writing. A Lawyer Writes aims to provide clear and concrete instruction about each facet of legal analysis, using the same order students will follow when performing the tasks in legal practice. The textbook also provides the relevant theory and background behind the choices attorneys make in their legal writing, enabling students to transfer those techniques to future settings. Speaking to its readers in a straightforward manner, A Lawyer Writes communicates essential skills and theories students can use throughout a lifetime of legal practice.

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