Maine Law professors team up to write new textbook on legal writing

May 7, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine – Professors Nancy Wanderer and Angela Arey of the University of Maine School of Law have published a new legal writing textbook for law students in Maine and around the nation.

Off and Running: A Practical Guide to Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing, was recently released by Wolters Kluwer Law and Business (Aspen Coursebook Series). It is available for adoption in legal writing and practice skills courses.

Here is the summary of the book:

“Off and Running is a unique text for the first semester of the 1L legal writing and research course, designed to guide students through their development of the essential skills needed to practice law. Using a single, classroom-tested fact pattern, the authors demonstrate in concrete steps how a first-year associate might approach a legal problem. Students practice these steps and skills on other fact patterns, as they read about this fictional associate.

“Using this fresh approach and a plain-English writing style, the authors introduce essential concepts and skills related to objective legal writing and legal research, with a particular emphasis on the professional and ethical representation of clients. Students learn how to think like a lawyer.”

Prof. Wanderer, Founder and Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program at the Law School, describes the book as the culmination of her nineteen years of teaching and program development. Because of the book’s practical and straightforward approach, she and Prof. Arey hope it will help both new and experienced legal writing professors get their students “off and running” as skilled legal researchers and writers as quickly as possible.


Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email:

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