Essay about Legal Research, Writing, And Analysis

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In this essay we will discuss the process of legal research, writing, and analysis. The subject matter will be presented in a clear, concise and objective manner. The textbook that we will be referencing is "Gilbert Law Summaries: Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis" 10th ed, BarBri Group, 2006. The US court system consists of a trial court, an appellate court, and a supreme or high court. The trial court is the first to hear the facts of a case and has original jurisdiction. The appellate court hears cases whose resolution is disputed by the losing party in the trial court. The supreme or high court hears cases whose outcome is disputed by the losing party in the appellate court. The supreme or high court chooses which cases warrant…show more content…
A reporter can be published officially or unofficially. Official reporters are those that are authorized to be published by the government. Unofficial reporters are published by private companies. Thompson West company is the primary reporter for federal and state cases. Supreme Court cases are recorded officially in the "United States Reports." Unofficially, federal cases are reported in the "Supreme Court Reporter," "United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyer's Edition," and the "United States Law Week." Advance sheets supplement the reporters with recent case information. The federal appellate court has no official reporter. Federal appellate decisions can be found in the "Federal Reporter" and prior to 1880 in "Federal Cases." The "Federal Supplement" publishes federal district court decisions. Some specialty courts publish official reporters. Courts that deal with bankruptcy, federal rules or military law (among others) have unofficial reporters. State case reporters are mostly unofficial. Most use Thompson West' s regional reporter which includes advance sheets. Headnotes are summaries of cases setting forth principles of law. In the Thompson West system similar points of law are indicated by a key number that will match another key number to cases with similar points of law. Remember that headnotes are dicta and not precedent. Make sure you read each case if you have any uncertainty while reading the headnotes. Looseleaf materials are published
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