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For 1Ls who are attempting to write their open memo or legal brief, these 5 tips may help when writing an intro, courtesy of JDSupra. Check out these 5 tips to writing an introduction to a legal brief.
1. In Plain Language, Get To The Essence
How you would explain why you should win to someone who isn’t a lawyer. Think about this and zero in on a couple sentences. Use these for your opening paragraph.
2. Elevate Objectivity Above All Else The brief that can set out the law and the facts in the most objective fashion is most likely to lead a court to its desired destination. The brief that can set out the law and the facts in the most objective fashion is most likely to lead a court to its desired destination.
3. Impose A Cap On The Length A cap on length might seem random, but a cap imposes discipline and helps ensure that you don’t exhaust the reader. The length is up to you. It might be one page, or three paragraphs, or a certain number of sentences. Whatever the length, if you impose a limit, you’ll be more likely to follow it.
4. Finish By Saying What You Want
When a court is finished with your brief’s introduction, the court should know where you side. The final paragraph should make how you want the court to rule and why clear.
5. Give Your Introduction To A Colleague To Read Give every brief that I write to a colleague to read. Give every brief that I write to a colleague to read; I specifically pick a colleague who hasn’t worked on the case. A colleague’s perspective comes close to mirroring a court’s perspective.
For those seasoned, legal professionals, what advice would you give law school students who are attempting to write their first legal brief?
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