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LEGAL WRITING
I.

Introduction to Legal Writing


A. Communication
B. Required legal citations and legal documents
C. Audience
D. Types of Legal Writing
Why is Communication Important?
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/why-iscommunication-important
Basic Principles of Legal Writing
Bahrych, L. Legal Writing in a Nut Shell,
pp. 1-6
Seven Ways to Improve your Legal
Writing Skills Sally Kane
www.legalcareers.about.com/od/practic
etips/tp /practicetimps.htm

Exercise No. 1 - Case Digest


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Factoran, et al., vs. CA, Dayaw, G.R. No. 93540 [13


Dec, 1999]
Fundamentals of Writing
A. Research
B. Writing Plan
C. Sentence Outline
D. Outcome Statement & Flowchart
Introduction to Legal Research and
the Legal Research Process,
Rodriguez, Rufus B. Legal Research
2002, pp. 1-8
Basic Concepts of Legal Writing,
Dernbach et al,, pp. 115-201
Exercises from Legal Writing in Plain
English Bryan Garner (2001)
www.press-pubs.uchicago.edu/garner

Exercise No. 2 Case Digests


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Assigned cases in other subjects one case digest


per student
Lihaylihay and Vinluan vs. People, G.R. No. 191219
[ 31 July 2013]
Law and Sources of Law
A. Primary Sources
B. Secondary Sources
C. For and Against
D. Library and Internet

Exercise No. 3 Case Digest

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Estrada vs. Desierto, G.R. Nos. 146710-15 [2 March


2001]/ Estrada vs. GMA, G.R. No. 146738 [2 March
2001]

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IV.

Legal Reasoning and Analysis


A. Statutory Construction

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B. Latin Maxims
C. Constitution
Notes on the Process of ReasoningJavines, Francisco, Legal Writing: Logic
and Language in Law, pp. 64 71, Rex
Bookstore 1993
Logic and Legal Reasoning: a Guide for
Law Students - Ramee, Neal,
Exercise No. 4 - Case Digests
National Federation of Labor vs. NLRC, 327 SCRA
158 [verba legis]
J.M. Tuason Inc. vs. Hon. Mariano, G.R. No. L33140,
23 Oct. 1978; Saguiguit vs. People, G.R. 144054, 30
June 2006 [stare decisis]
La Bugal Blaan Tribal Association vs. Ramos, 421
SCRA 148 [constitutionality]

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V.

Overview of the Research Process


A. Available Data & Data Collection
B. Organizing Data
C. Logical Conclusion
What is a Legal Dispute? Abad,
Roberto A. Fundamentals of Legal
Writing, pp. 5-8
8 Skills You Need to Succeed as a
Paralegal Sally Kane
www.legalcareers.about.com/od/practic
etips/tp/paralegalskills.htm

Exercise No. 7 Case Digest


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Loney, et al., vs. People, G.R. No. 152644 [10 Feb.


2006]

VI.

Judicial Affidavits
A. Judicial Affidavit Rule A.M. No. 12-8-8-SC
dated 4 Sept. 2012, effective 1 Jan. 2013
o Contents of a judicial affidavit

VII.

Pleadings
A. Types of Pleadings
B. Rules of Court
C. Fundamental Requirements of a Decision

Exercise No. 8 Form


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Velarde vs. Social Justice Society, G.R. No. 159357,


26 April 2004

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MIDTERM EXAM

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VIII.

Law Office Memo


A. Tone
B. Sentence structure
C. Statement of the Issue/s
D. Application of Law to Facts
Harris, Bede, Writing a Legal Advice,
2009 Oxford University Press
www.lib.oup.au/he/Law/harris/harris_writing
legaladvice.pdf

Exercise No. 9 Form


Social Justice Society vs. Atienza, G.R. No. 156052
(13 Feb. 2008)

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Legal Memorandum
A. Case History
B. Facts
C. Issues
D. Arguments
E. Relief
Writing Trial Memoranda Abad, pp. 221233

Exercise No. 10 Form


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Araullo, et al., vs. Aquino, et al., G.R. No. 209287 (1


July 2014)
Concurring Opinion of Justice Marvic Leonen
(Disbursement Acceleration Program)

X.

Transmittal Letter and Client Opinion Letter


A. Heading
B. Summary
C. Significant Facts
D. Answer to the Clients Query
E. Explanation
F. Instructions to the Client

Exercise No. 11 Form based on Case Digests


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MMDA et al. vs. Concerned Residents of Manila


Bay, G.R. Nos. 171947 48 [18 Dec 2008], 574
SCRA 661
Dissenting Opinion of J. Carpio (Manila Bay CleanUp)

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XI.

Legislation & Policy


A. Gap or Loophole

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B. Facts and Incidents
C. Legal Basis
D. Proposed Bill or Policy
How a Bill Becomes a Law Phil.
Congress
Exercise No. 12 Form
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Senate Bill No. 2332, Child Abuse, Sen. M. Santiago

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Rules for Quotations and Short Form


Citations
A. Form
B. Substance
Plagiarism Harvard Referencing Guide.
http://www.slideshare.net/tzeni7/harvar
dguide2

XIII.

Legal Bibliography

Philippine Legal Information and


Resources, Santos-Ong, Mila.
Philippine Legal Research &
Bibliography 2009, pp. 86-220

FINAL EXAM