UMKC School of Law

Lawyering Skills
2013-2014
Sample Trial Brief Format (PDF)

Tour 7 Homework (.doc)



Faculty  |  Research Tours  |  Suppl. Materials  |  Videos Resources

Lawyering Skills Faculty

                  Small pointer arrow Wanda M.Temm, Clinical Professor of Law, Director of Bar Services
                  Small pointer arrow Aaron House, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
                  Small pointer arrow Allison Kort, Visiting Associate Clinical Professor of Law
                  Small pointer arrow Judith Popper, Clinical Professor of Law
                  Small pointer arrow Daniel Weddle, Clinical Professor of Law, Director of Academic Support
                  Small pointer arrow Barbara Wilson, Clinical Professor of Law




Research Tour Updates

Small pointer arrow  Tour 1 - Missouri Statutes
Small pointer arrow  Tour 2 - Case Reporters and Digests
Small pointer arrow  Tour 3 - Administrative Law
Small pointer arrow  Tour 4 - Secondary Sources
Small pointer arrow  Tour 5 - Citators
Small pointer arrow  Tour 6 - Legislative History
Small pointer arrow  Tour 7 - Online Research
Small pointer arrow  Tour 7 - Homework




 
Supplementary Materials  (PDFs)
    

 Small pointer arrow Part 1
     Letter to New Law Students
     Interview with Five Experts
     Detailed Case Brief
  Small pointer arrow Part 2
      Circuit Court Map
(.gif)

     Court Structure
     Email Like a Lawyer
 Small pointer arrow Part 3
     Hierarchy of Authority Exercise
  Small pointer arrow Part 4
     Precedent and Stare Decisis Exercise for Students
(.doc)
  Small pointer arrow Part 5
 
   Applying Rules to Facts
     Assignment Drop Box Instructions
     Cover Sheet - Declaration of Compliance
(.doc)
     Local Rules of Court
     Prevent Computer Issues with Critical Documents
     Removing Metadata in Your Document
  Small pointer arrow Part 6
     Working with Rules and Facts
  Small pointer arrow Part 7
     Self and Peer Evaluation Guidelines
 
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     What You Need to Know
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     Craft of Legal Writing
     Revision Checklist
     Transitions and Signals
     Clumsy Words
     Sample Memo - House
     Sample Memo - Kort
     Sample Memo - Popper
     Sample Memo - Weddle
     Sample Memo - Wilson

  Small pointer arrow Part 10
     Plagiarism Policy
     Chart on Paraphrasing and Quoting
     Consequences of Plagiarism

  Small pointer arrow Part 11
     Making Sound Case Analogies
  Small pointer arrow Part 12
     Managing Your Research
     Research Strategies



Videos

Small pointer arrow  Across the Line  youtube.com

Small pointer arrow  Administrative Law  youtube.com

Small pointer arrow  Developing Professionalism  law.widener.edu/Academics/LegalMethods/ProfessionalismVideos.aspx

Small pointer arrow  Case for Legal Writing  youtube.com 

Small pointer arrow  Cases, Digests and Reporters  law.umkc.edu/temp-files/lwp/cases-digests-and-reporters.wmv 

Small pointer arrow  Chamber Procedures/Standing Orders/Sample Orders—Pretrial Hearings  mad.uscourts.gov/boston/young.htm 

Small pointer arrow  How many cases should I cite?  youtu.be/elay1hLqTgk 

Small pointer arrow  Learning to Use Bluebook Citation  elon.edu/e-web/law/library/bluebook-videos.xhtml 

Small pointer arrow  Oral Argument Demonstration March 2014  http://mediasite.law.umkc.edu/Mediasite/
Play/b104e2c345f34c1099a8242296f9de341d
 

Small pointer arrow  Oral Argument Instructional Video  www1.law.umkc.edu/academic/LWP/OralArgument.wmv 

Small pointer arrow  Practical Skills Test  www1.law.umkc.edu/academic/LWP/research-practical-skills-exam.wmv 

Small pointer arrow  Secondary Sourcesman   youtube.com 

Small pointer arrow  Statute Research  www.law.umkc.edu/temp-files/lwp/statute-research.wmv  


Resources

Small pointer arrowUnderstanding Federal and State Courts
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Free Legal Writing Exercises
           
http://sfruehwald.com/ex.htm

Small pointer arrowComputer and Internet Based Research
           
www1.law.umkc.edu/faculty/callister/guides/Wexis1.ppt

            www1.law.umkc.edu/Faculty/callister/Guides/Wexis2.ppt

Small pointer arrowBlogs
            http://thinklikealawyer.wordpress.com/

Small pointer arrowEssays and Writing Contests

Small pointer arrowResearch Links

Small pointer arrowGet Real About Research and Writing


 

Essays and Writing Contests for Law Students

UMKC School of Law Federal Estate Planning Symposium Prize

Google search for "legal writing contest"

 


 

Research Links

Small pointer arrow  E-Mail & Phone Directories
Small pointer arrow  Government Info & Forms
Small pointer arrow  Grammar Sites
Small pointer arrow  Law Directories
Small pointer arrow  Legal Research Sites
Small pointer arrow  Legal Writing Sites
Small pointer arrow  Newspapers
Small pointer arrow  Other Information
Small pointer arrow  Persuasion



E-Mail & Phone Directories

AT&T AnyWho - www.tollfree.att.net
Four11 Directory Services - www.four11.com
InfoSpace - www.infospace.com
SuperpagesYellow and White Pages - www.superpages.com
Switchboard Home Page - www.switchboard.com/
Temple University Directory - directory.temple.edu/search
WhoWhere - www.whowhere.comm



Government Info & Forms

Bureau of Labor Statistics - www.bls.gov
Commerce Dept. FedWorld - www.fedworld.gov
Internal Revenue Service - www.irs.gov
Government Forms - Links for Download Sites - www.forms.gov
Library of Congress Home Page - www.loc.gov



Grammar Sites

Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) - http://owl.english.purdue.edu
Guide to Grammar Writing - http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar



Lawyer Directories

Lawyers Directory from Martindale - www.martindale.com



Legal Research Sites

Bibliographic Formats for Citing Electronic Information - www.ipl.org/div/farq/netciteFARQ.html
Google University Search - www.google.com/options/universities.html
Hein-On-Line - www.heinonline.org
Internet Legal Resource Group - www.ilrg.com
Legal Information Institute - www.law.cornell.edu
Legal Publishers - www.aallnet.org/committee/criv/resources/tools/list
Lexis-Nexis - www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool
US Supreme Court Argument Transcripts - www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts.aspx
US Supreme Court Database -- Oyez Project - www.oyez.org
US Supreme Court - www.supremecourtus.gov
West Group Products Picture Directory - http://lawschool.westlaw.com/faculty/digpic.asp
Westlaw.com - www.lawschool.westlaw.com
WWW Virtual Library- Law - http://vlib.org/Law
Touro Law Center Law Library - www.tourolaw.edu/library
New York Court Central - http://nycourts.law.com
Legal Research Guides - www.ll.georgetown.edu/research
Legal Research Tutorials - www.ll.georgetown.edu/tutorials/index.cfm
Berring on Legal Research Podcasts - www.berringonlegalresearch.com/podcast.asp
FindLaw for Legal Professionals - www.findlaw.com (choose "Legal Professionals" tab)
Legal Research Links - www.ualr.edu/cmbarger/Research.htm (Prof. Colleen Barger)
Circuit Splits Blog - www.oyez.org
Inter Alia: Internet Research Weblog - www.inter-alia.net
State Court Web Sites - www.ncsconline.org/D_KIS/info_court_web_sites.html
Federal Court Web Sites - www.uscourts.gov/courtlinks
THOMAS: Library of Congress Online - http://thomas.loc.gov
Executive Branch Online - www.whitehouse.gov/government/exec.html
United States Census Bureau - www.census.gov
Questia (great online general library; requires paid membership) - www.questia.com
Law.com Legal Dictionary - http://dictionary.law.com
Quicklaw America - www.rocketlawyer.com



Legal Writing Sites

Online Legal Writing Exercises - www.kentlaw.edu/academics/lrw/grinker
Legal Writing in Plain English - http://books.google.com/books?id=reZf9nzoiSQC (Bryan Garner)
Legal Writing in Plain English Exercises - http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/garner (Bryan Garner)
the (new) legal writer -- (a blog of resources for and about legal writing) - http://raymondpward.typepad.com/newlegalwriter
A blog and resources - http://legalwriting.net
LawProse Video Archive -- (Bryan Garner's collection of judge interviews discussing writing skills) - www.lawprose.org/interviews/judges_lawyers_writers_on_writing.php  



Newspapers

Chronicle of Higher Education - http://chronicle.com
Los Angeles Times - www.latimes.com
New York Times - www.nytimes.com
Wall Street Journal - www.wsj.com
Washington Post - www.washingtonpost.com



Other Information

ACCRA Cost of Living Index - www.coli.org
Bartleby.com Great Books Online - www.bartleby.com
Britannica.com - www.britannica.com
CataList, catalog of LISTSERV lists - www.lsoft.com/lists/listref.html
CompletePlanet Database Search - www.completeplanet.com
ConsumerREVIEW.com - www.consumerreview.com
Hoaxkill - www.hoaxkill.com
Infomine Scholarly Internet Resource Collections - http://infomine.ucr.edu
Library of Congress Online Catalogs - http://catalog.loc.gov
Mayer Brown, Rowe & Maw's appellate practice - www.appellate.net/articles
Pollen.com - www.pollen.com/Pollen.com.asp
ScamBusters - www.scambusters.com/index.html
Search Systems (Public Records) - www.publicrecords.searchsystems.net
The Quotations Page - www.quotationspage.com
The Smoking Gun - www.thesmokinggun.com
Thomas Register  - www.thomasnet.com
Urban Legends and Folklore - http://urbanlegends.about.com
Urban Legends Reference Pages - www.snopes2.com
FindLaw - Law Schools A-Z - www.findlaw.com/02lawschools/fulllist.html
JURIST - http://jurist.law.pitt.edu
National Conference of Bar Examiners - http://www.ncbex.org
Plagiarism.org - www.plagiarism.org
Scribes - www.scribes.org
Law Student's Guide to Good Writing - www.kentlaw.edu/academics/lrw/grinker/LWTA.htm



Persuasion

Visual Rhetoric (Painting with Print by Ruth Anne Robbins) - www.ca7.uscourts.gov/Rules/Painting_with_Print.pdf
The Three Appeals - www.public.asu.edu/~macalla/logosethospathos.html
    Logos - http://papyr.com/hypertextbooks/comp1/logos.htm
    Pathos - http://papyr.com/hypertextbooks/comp1/pathos.htm
    Ethos - http://papyr.com/hypertextbooks/comp1/ethos.htm
Letter from a Birminghm Jail with Rhetorical Analysis - http://faculty.millikin.edu/~moconner/writing/Letter_from_Birmingham_Jail.doc
American Rhetoric (a collection of speeches, movie clips, audio files) - www.americanrhetoric.com
State Appellate Court Arguments Online (some in both audio and video formats) - www.ncsconline.org/WC/CourTopics/StateLinks.asp?id=39&topic=IntCts
Oyez: Supreme Court Media (arguments and briefs online) - www.oyez.org


 

A Study in Appellate Advocacy 
An examination of brief writing through a study of the briefs in the Texas v. Johnson   flag burning case (from Duke University School of Law)

 

Other Law Schools' Web Sites for Legal Writing 
"Legal writing professors are on the Web! Visit and learn from legal writing sites around the globe. In some instances, there are links for both the law school and for individual professors."