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Legal Research and Writing Handbook: A Basic Approach for Paralegals

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Eighth Edition


Andrea B. Yelin

Hope Viner Samborn


2018. 576 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-9638-8

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About the Book

With clear explanations, detailed examples, and artful pedagogy, authors Andrea B. Yelin and Hope Viner Samborn place a mastery of legal research and writing within every studentís reach. Now in its Eighth Edition, The Legal Research and Writing Handbook continues to keep pace with research, citation, and technology in todayís legal practice.


A Perennial Favorite, The Legal Research and Writing Handbook features:

  • Step-by-step instruction for each stage of the writing process, from prewriting strategies, to revising your document
  • How to use efficient research processes and techniques, using print or electronic sources
  • How to use the IRAC method of legal analysis
  • How to synthesize legal authorities and present them to attorneys
  • How to write legal memoranda and professional correspondence 
  • Detailed examples, exhibits, practical tips, exercises, and web resources in every chapter
  • Net Notes, Ethics Alerts, and Practice Pointers that provide insights on the internet, professional responsibility, and practical expedience 
  • Sample legal memoranda in the Appendices, along with resources on Cite Checking and Citation

The timely Eighth Edition includes:
  • Expanded coverage of electronic resources, and how paralegals use them in practice
  • Current research sources and methods
  • New and refreshed exercises and exhibits 
  • More in-depth coverage of e-mail and e-memos

Preface / Sample Chapters