The Basics provides a fresh, streamlined focus for teaching legal writing to adult learners, introducing legal writing in the context of other academic disciplines. The Basics is designed to adapt to different learning styles, presenting all key information in traditional text, annotated examples, and lists or graphics. Although it focuses on legal research memos and briefs to trial courts, this book is not limited to those topics. It also includes chapters on reading legal documents, using legal research tools, citing sources in legal documents, making oral presentations to senior partners and to courts, writing business correspondence and e-mail, and drafting other documents. The Revised First Edition includes new, improved examples while retaining the book's innovative, integrated focus and the structure that presents information adapted to varied learning styles.