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Legal Research and Writing

An Outline of American Law

An Outline of American Law

Begin your study of legal research and writing techniques by familiarizing yourself with how the American legal system works, including its common law tradition and the sources of law in the United States.


Legal research and writing play a primary and important role in a lawyer's job. Together, research and writing provide the necessary grounding for almost all legal work. That means strong research and writing skills are among the most important skills for law students to master.

There is some structural and background information all legal researchers and writers need to work through to be ready to start tackling legal questions. To start, you will need a solid understanding of how the legal...