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Legal Research and Writing Handbook: A Basic Approach for Paralegals, Ninth Edition

  • Andrea B. Yelin
  • Hope Viner Samborn
Series / Aspen Paralegal Series
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The Legal Research and Writing Handbook by Andrea B. Yelin and Hope Viner Samborn offers a time- tested introduction to the basics of this essential paralegal skill 

With clear explanations, examples, and visual aids, The Legal Research and Writing Handbook offers complete coverage of a complex subject in a student-friendly, accessible text.  In this thoroughly updated new edition, Yelin and Samborn continue to keep pace with legal research, citation, and technology in today’s law firms.  This practical text focuses on efficient research processes and techniques for both traditional and electronic sources, along with step-by-step instruction through each stage of the legal writing process, from prewriting strategies, to revising.  The authors provide in-depth coverage of the IRAC method, as well as how to write legal memoranda and legal correspondence.  Throughout, the text focuses on the practical skills paralegals need to know.   The text is enhanced with examples and visual aids, expert writing and practice tips, hands-on exercises, ethics alerts, up-to-date web resources, and easy-to-navigate page design.  Excellent exercises are provided to reinforce student learning.

New to the Ninth Edition:

  • Coverage of electronic resources is updated and expanded, reflecting how paralegals do research today. Includes new and expanded coverage of Online Topical Classifications Systems and Researching Statutes Online.
  • Thoroughly updated, with latest information on research sources and methods
  • Streamlined chapter on Research Strategy, focused on how paralegals conduct research today
  • New and refreshed exhibits
  • Revised exercises in each chapter

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • Thoughtful revision that reflects how paralegals do research today
  • Detailed discussion of how to use legal authorities in legal communications and how to synthesize them and present them to attorneys.
  • Exhibits, practical tips, updated exercises, and web resources in every chapter.
  • Excellent pedagogy for students includes Net Notes, Ethics Alerts, and Practice Pointers included throughout
  • Examples that provide useful models for students
  • Subheadings provide quick access to topics
  • Helpful appendix on Citation
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About the authors
Andrea B. Yelin
Director, Legal Writing Workshop
Loyola University Chicago Law School

Andrea Yelin served for several years as a Legal Reference Librarian at Loyola's Law Library and taught the legal research class for entering law students at Loyola. She attended Vassar College and earned her B.A. degree at Rice University in Houston, and her J.D. and M.S.L.S. degrees at Case Western. She taught legal research and legal writing for Loyola's Institute for Paralegal Studies. She is the co-author of The Legal Research and Writing Handbook (7th ed. Wolters Kluwer, 2014); Basic Legal Writing (4th ed. Wolters Kluwer, expected 2013); and Contract Law for Legal Professionals (Pearson, 2011). She is a writer for Pearson and Wolters Kluwer. Andrea currently teaches courses at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Department at DePaul University.

Hope Viner Samborn

Hope Viner Samborn is a lawyer and freelance writer in Chicago. She earned her J.D. degree at the University of Toledo College of Law and her B.A. degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She is the co-author of The Legal Research and Writing Handbook (8th ed. Wolters Kluwer, 2018) and Basic Legal Writing (5th ed. Wolters Kluwer, 2016.)

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