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Legal Writing: Overview
In this section of the guide, you will find links to resources to help with:
There are generally two types of legal writing:
- Balanced analysis of a legal problem or issue.
- Pesuasive arguement
Examples of writing providing balanced analysis of a legal issue are inter-office memoranda and letters to clients. To be effective in this form of writing, the lawyer must be sensitive to the needs, level of interest and background of the parties to whom it is addressed. A memorandum to a partner in the same firm that details definitions of basic legal concepts would be inefficient and an annoyance. In contrast, their absence from a letter to a client with no legal background could serve to confuse and complicate a simple situation.
Examples of writing making a persuasive argument are appellate briefs and negotiation letters written on a clients behalf. The lawyer must persuade his or her audience without provoking a hostile response through disrespect or by wasting the recipient's time with unnecessary information. In presenting documents to a court or administrative agency he or she must conform to the required document style.
How to Research: Library Tutorials & Research Guides
Library Learn It Videos
In a series of online tutorials, learn how utilize the Brooklyn Law School Library and its resources in 5 minutes or less.
Strategy for Legal Research
From the 1L Survival Guide created by Roberta Woods, a librarian at the University of Hawaii School of Law, this page has a number of useful tips and strategies for the beginning legal researcher.
Basic Legal Research Tips
General tips for starting your research and determining when it's okay to stop researching from the librarians at Boston College School of Law.
Legal Writing in Plain English
Legal Writing in Plain English, Second Edition by
Call Number: KF250 .G373 2013 (On Reserve)
*Tips on generating thoughts, organizing them, and creating outlines
*Sound advice on expressing your ideas clearly and powerfully
*Dozens of real-life writing examples to illustrate writing problems and solutions
*Helpful guidance on page layout
*A punctuation guide that shows the correct uses of every punctuation mark
*Model legal documents that demonstrate the power of plain English