Aspen Publishing

Preparing for Practice: Legal Analysis and Writing in Law School’s First Year

Amy Vorenberg


  • ISBN: 9781454836162

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  • Description

    Preparing for Practice is a fresh approach to the first semester of the 1L legal writing and research course, designed to guide students through their development of the essential skills needed to pass the bar and practice law. The coursebook combines practice-oriented case files with more theoretical background text, eliminating the need for instructors to create their own case files.

    The three cases included in the text teach students new skills and give them the chance to practice ones they’ve already learned. The case files are meant to represent the type of information students will encounter in practice, and are also similar to the File and Library found on the Multi-State Performance Test (MPT).

    This unique text will be published at one-year intervals, each version featuring new case files. This will prevent students from accessing the work product produced by students in previous years. Each version will be on a three-year revision cycle.

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  • Additional Product Details

    Publication Date: 7/31/2014
    Preparing for Practice: Legal Analysis and Writing in Law School's First Year
    Paperback: 9781454836162
    Ebook: 9781454847595

    Preparing for Practice: Legal Analysis and Writing in Law School's First Year: Case Files Set B
    Paperback: 9781454858980
    Ebook: 9781454860754

    Preparing for Practice: Legal Analysis and Writing in Law School's First Year: Case Files Set C
    Paperback: 9781454858997
    Ebook: 9781454885689

    Detailed Table of Contents (PDF Download)

    Summary of Contents

    Table of Contents

    Part I - Legal Writing: Learning a New Language

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Chapter 2: How (and Why) Do Lawyers Communicate?
    Chapter 3: Where Does the Law We Use Come From?
    Chapter 4: How We Use the Law: Hierarchy of Law

    Part II - Case File 1

    Chapter 5: Introduction to Case File 1
    Chapter 6: The Office Memorandum: Components
    Chapter 7: Writing the Discussion Section of an Interoffice Memorandum
    Chapter 8: Client Letters
    Chapter 9: Revising

    Part III - Case File 2

    Chapter 10: Introduction to Case File 2
    Chapter 11: A Closer Look at Hierarchy of Authority in Context 
    Chapter 12: Developing the Rules in a Multi-Issue Case
    Chapter 13: Counter-Analysis

    Part IV - Case File 3

    Chapter 14: Introduction to Case File 3
    Chapter 15: Applying the Skills You Have Learned


  • Author Information

    Amy Vorenberg

    Professor Amy Vorenberg has been teaching Legal Writing for over 16 years and is currently the Director of Legal Writing at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She has published numerous articles in the field and presented frequently at academic conferences. She is a current board member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors.

    Prior to her academic career, Ms. Vorenberg spent a decade in practice as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, Assistant Attorney General in New Hampshire, and founding director of the NH Criminal Practice Clinic, a collaboration between the New Hampshire Public Defender's office and University of NH School of Law. She also served for ten years on the New Hampshire Adult Parole Board.

    Other academic areas of expertise include Criminal and Juvenile Law.

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