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Internet Sources

The librarians at the LRC have created research guides that can help you decipher a case citation, figure out how to use the ALRs, and use the other research tools that you'll be using to complete your Lawyering Skills assignments.

 

Format of a Legal Paper

There are several ways to draft a legal brief in law school depending on who is teaching legal writing.  However, the most well known method of drafting a legal brief is IRAC.  IRAC follows the format of first discussing the issue, the rule governing the issue, then applying the rule to your facts, and then finally your conclusion.  However, IRAC is not the only method nor necessarily the best method to draft a legal brief.

 

Bluebook

One of the most important resources for legal writing is the bluebook.  The bluebook allows you to correctly reference in legal writing.  However, it can be initially difficult to use the bluebook correctly and you must be careful to ensure that you are reading the right section.

 

Helpful Books on Legal Writing

If you need basic information about legal writing, then try looking at materials such as:

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Legal Writing in a Nutshell, 4th - Lynn B. Bahrych; Marjorie Dick Rombauer
Call Number: LRC Reserve (KF250 .S68 2009) plus 2 more
ISBN: 0314906916
Publication Date: 2009-08-18

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Legal Writing Citation in a Nutshell - Larry L. Teply
Call Number: LRC Reserve (KF245 .T47 2008) plus 2 more
ISBN: 0314169385
Publication Date: 2008-02-20

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Legal Writing and Analysis - Linda H. Edwards
Call Number: LRC Reading Room (KF250 .E378 2015)
ISBN: 1454857986
Publication Date: 2015-01-14

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Strategic Legal Writing - Donald N. Zillman; Evan J. Roth
Call Number: LRC Reserve (KF250 .Z55 2008)
ISBN: 0521703433
Publication Date: 2008-01-14

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Legal Writing - Diane V. Pratt
Call Number: LRC Reading Room (KF250 .P73 2004)
ISBN: 0314147608
Publication Date: 2004-05-03

 
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