Legal Reasoning, writing, and other Lawyering Skills

Write two Replies: For your replies, provide constructive thoughts and move the conversation forward. In each reply, discuss what areas of the legal profession use legal research and writing and how your classmate’s examples and thread are in agreement or disagreement with your own. Support your answer with a citation from the textbook or another scholarly source. Include personal and/or historical examples to help the conversation move forward.

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Current Bluebook format to be used (The Bluebook – A Uniform System of Citation)

Textbook Reference:

Legal Reasoning, writing, and other Lawyering Skills (Third Addition) by Robin Wellford Slocum

One of two threads – please write one reply to the thread below

Thread from Amanda:

As a pre-law student, I believe that this class is essential to my future and will allow me to understand how to best utilize skills of legal writing and research. Through this course, I will learn how to correctly identify legal issues, how to keep up with the constantly changing laws, and how to best apply these laws to specific cases. After reviewing the class syllabus, I believe that the use of the Bluebook will adequately prepare me to correctly cite any future legal write-ups by receiving feedback from our skilled and trained professor. In addition, I will have ample opportunity to practice these citation skills while exercising correct grammar and punctuation usage. The various projects throughout the course will allow me to gain understanding of some real-world writing and research applications.
In addition, I feel as though many legal professionals get tied up with controversial issues at some point in their career, which can cause conflicting ideas between their moral and religious standpoint and their legal position. Therefore, I am glad that this class will allow me to learn and apply legal writing and research from a Christian perspective so that I will be better equipped with the armor of God for my future career as a legal professional. Ephesians 6:11-12 states: “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (NIV). Since this class in aligned with the values and beliefs of Liberty University and the Holy Bible, I believe that I will have a stronger foundation in my future legal practices and career. The Gospel Justice Initiative describes the different roles that lawyers have: advisor, advocate, officer of the court, public citizen, negotiator, and evaluator. Above all of these, however, lawyers are called by God to be counselors at law; we are called to use our careers as an avenue to give Christ glory and serve Him.

Bruce Strom, The Truth about Faith and a Lawyer’s Professional Duty, 2017 Gospel Justice Initiative.,

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Thread from Shelby:

I expect that through studying legal writing and research that I will be able to understand legal context better. There are many different components when reviewing each legal citation. “A legal citation to a judicial opinion has three basic components, all of which are given in the heading of every judicial opinion: the case name, the volume and page number of the source the opinion is printed in, and the parametrical that includes the identification of the court that issued the opinion and the date of the opinion,” (Norton, 2017, p1). By knowing these basic components, it can help me properly identify where to locate the judicial opinion that I will be researching. Just by being able to find the judicial opinion and understanding the format that they are written in will help as I move into a roll working in the legal profession. The textbook also lists things that should be omitted while writing which will be helpful not and in the future, by following these rules, it should help to keep mistakes at a minimum. Personally, I have found the website Oyez to be very helpful for finding cases and they provide great examples of the things that are necessary on the judicial opinions because they use the proper formatting. Historically legal writing values precedence and looks towards legal background and continues to grow and develop into the legal writing and research rules that we currently have. In conclusion, these legal writing rules and research tips can help everyone in the legal profession stay current on the changes that are happening in legal writing.
McGaugh, Tracy L. Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation®. New York, NY: LexisNexis, 2017.

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