9781647082604 (paperback) 1647082609 (paperback)
"There are two things wrong with almost all legal writing. One is style. The other is content." Professor Fred Rodell, Yale, 1936. We can't do much about content. You'll have to know how the common law system works, how to read and brief cases, how to study and take exams, how to write and argue law and how lawsuits are tried. We can do something about style. There's advice and illustrations. You'll throw pots, working your first case, making your first argument, briefing cases, taking exams, and writing memos. This is not for the faint hearted nor is law school. Think like a lawyer. I won't be a bore. I'll tell jokes, some of which are actually funny. I'll challenge you intellectually. Where does law come from? Should judges follow precedent? What if your client wants to pave Paradise and put in a parking lot? If you love ideas you'll love this book and you'll love law school. (If you love people you'll love practice.) -- Publisher.
Formatted Contents Note
About the book Welcome! Fear and loathing PART 1. THE BALL: LEGAL ANALYSIS. Introduction Your first case Your first argument Case analysis Case synthesis Statutes: "Are Pringles potato chips?" "Oh, no, I forgot ethics" Ruminations PART 2. PLAYING BALL: DOING LAW. Introduction Cases as puzzles Briefs Briefs analyzed and much more Classes, cramming, lap tops Study aids, study groups, outlining and messy casebooks PART 3. GAME DAY: EXAMS. Introduction Taking exams: the only skill worth having! Practice test A tale of two answers Multiple-choice exams Exams: we weren't kidding PART 4. LEGAL WRITING AND ORAL ADVOCACY. Introduction Telling stories Writing law SIR transitions and writing tips Murder your darlings Writing exercises "May it please the court" PART 5. LITIGATION. Introduction Case planning: the interplay of law and fact backwards Complaints, answers, pretrial motions, and discovery Trials K v. Landlord, greatest hits Oh, one last thing ... About the authors and acknowledgments.