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The Legal Research and Writing Handbook: A Basic Approach for Paralegals

Fifth Edition


Andrea B. Yelin
Hope Viner Samborn


2009.  Approx. 608 pages.  Paperback.  ISBN: 978-0-7355-6738-2.
Instructor’s Manual with Exam Questions and PowerPoint slides.
(Ancillary materials also included on CD-ROM)

This title comes packaged with free access to Loislaw's online legal research database.

Also see
The Legal Research and Writing Workbook, Fifth Edition

About the Book

Written specifically for paralegal students, the Fifth Edition of The Legal Research and Writing Handbook: A Basic Approach for Paralegals offers comprehensive coverage of both research and writing, dynamic pedagogy, and a clear, step-by-step approach to teaching. 

A widely popular text, the Fifth Edition continues to build on its strengths:

  • comprehensive coverage of Legal Research in Part I and Legal Writing in Part II
  • a clear and straightforward writing style
  • a clean and accessible page layout with detailed subheadings for quick access to topics
  • highly efficient research tools and strategies—with both traditional and electronic sources
  • step-by-step guidance through each stage of the writing process—from prewriting strategies, to revising, the IRAC method, legal memoranda, letters, and more
  • dynamic and innovative pedagogy that includes examples, exhibits, expert writing tips, exercises, practice tips, ethics alerts, and web resources
  • a helpful appendices with sections on Shepardizing, Cite Checking, and Citation, as well as Sample Memoranda.
  • a separate student workbook that provides extensive practice opportunities to students in research and writing
  • an in-depth Instructor’s Manual that includes sample syllabi, tests, and memos, as well as discussion topics and in-class exercises

Thoroughly updated throughout, the Fifth Edition features:

  • new and updated illustrations and websites
  • additional exercises on how to brief a case
  • expanded and enhanced treatment of Case Briefing and Case Analysis
  • internet resources—both free and fee-based—integrated into coverage of the research process
  • additional internet-based research exercises
  • new Net Notes and Practice Pointers
  • an updated Citation Appendix, reflecting the 18th edition of the Blue Book and the 3rd edition of the ALWD Citation Manual, and now offering new citation exercises

If you’re looking for complete and timely coverage of research and writing, examine your desk copy of The Legal Research and Writing Handbook: A Basic Approach for Paralegals, Fifth Edition.  It will become immediately apparent why Yelin and Samborn have one of the leading titles in their field.

Preface / Sample Chapters