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1L Resources, Tips and Tools: Research, Writing & Citation

This guide describes print and digital resources to help 1Ls succeed at Brooklyn Law School.

Legal Writing: Overview

In this section of the guide, you will find links to sources on:

There are two main types of legal writing:

  • Balanced analysis of a legal problem or issue
  • Persuasive argument

Examples of writing providing balanced analysis of a legal issue are: inter-office memoranda and letters to clients. To be effective, a lawyer needs to be sensitive to the needs, level of interest and background of the parties to whom the memo or letter is addressed.

Examples of writing containing persuasive arguments are: appellate briefs and negotiation letters written on behalf of clients. When presenting documents to a court or to an administrative agency, a lawyer must comply with style requirements of the court or agency.

How to Research: Library Tutorials & Research Guides

Legal Writing in Plain English