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Just Research: Preparing for Practice, Fifth Edition

Laurel Oates, Anne Enquist


  • ISBN: 9781454886518

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    JUST RESEARCH, Fifth Edition, provides students with information and skills that will enable them to do thorough and cost-effective research as soon as they enter into practice.

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    Page Count 176
    Published 02/01/2017
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    Summary of Contents


    Part I. Introduction to Legal Research
    Chapter 1. Fortresses, Tumors, and Legal Research
    Chapter 2. The United States Legal System
    Chapter 3. Introduction to Legal Research

    Part II. Researching Issues Governed by State Statutes, Federal Statutes, and Local Ordinances
    Chapter 4. Researching Issues Governed by State Statutes and Regulations
    Chapter 5. Researching Issues Governed by Federal Statutes and Regulations
    Chapter 6. Researching Issues Governed by City or County

    Part III. Researching Common Law and Constitutional Issues
    Chapter 7. Researching Issues Governed by Common Law
    Chapter 8. Researching Constitutional Issues

    Part IV. Rules
    Chapter 9. Researching Issues Governed by Federal, State, or Local Court Rules

    Part V. Cite Checking
    Chapter 10. Citators

    Part VI. Legislative Histories
    Chapter 11. Doing Federal and State Legislative Histories

    Part VII. Practice Information
    Chapter 12. Locating Forms
    Chapter 13. Researching Judges, Law Firms, People, Companies, and Things

    Glossary of Sources for Legal Research
    List of Reliable Websites

  • Author Information

    Laurel Currie Oates

    Laurel Currie Oates is a professor of law at Seattle University School of Law and has been the director of Seattle University’s Legal Writing Program since 1984. With Professor Anne Enquist, Professor Oates has authored five books on legal writing: The Legal Writing Handbook, which is in its fifth edition, and Just Research, Just Memos, Just Briefs, and Just Writing, which are in the fourth edition. Professor Oates has also authored numerous law review articles, including articles on legal reading, writing to learn, the transfer of learning, and the outsourcing of legal work.

    Professor Oates is also one of the co-founders of both the Legal Writing Institute and APPEAL, an organization that provides opportunities for academics in Africa and the United States to share ideas about helping students, lawyers, advocates, and judges improve their writing. During the last five years, Professor Oates has worked in Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Afghanistan, and India, providing workshops on effective writing. In June 2007, Professor Oates received the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., and this year she received the Marjorie Rombauer award from the Association of Legal Writing Directors.

    Anne M. Enquist

    Professor Enquist has been a member of the legal writing faculty and the Writing Advisor at Seattle University School of Law since 1980. She serves as the Director of Seattle University's nationally ranked legal writing program. As the Writing Advisor, she works one-on-one with law students on their legal writing. She is the co-author of five books and the author of numerous articles about legal writing. She has served on the national Board of Directors for the Legal Writing Institute, and in 2007, she received the American Association of Law School's Legal Writing Section Award. In 2014 she received the William Burton Award for Legal Writing Education. Her research and scholarly interests concern all areas of legal writing, particularly diagnosing student writing ability, critiquing law students' writing, and writing issues that affect ESL law students.

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