This treatise contains three major parts which focus on learning to read legal materials, learning to write legal documents and creating specific legal documents. Sample documents include an interoffice memo, a memo of points and authorities and an appellate brief. The appendices provide an overview of English sentence structure and formatting legal documents.
This book focuses on 10 principles of legal writing: clear writing, diction, tone, grammar, syntax, punctuation, capitalization, paragraph construction, organization & format. Each principle is then broken into easy to understand rules for legal writing.
The process of legal writing and analysis is presented in this book, which includes writing guidelines for office memoranda, client advice letters, and demand letters. There's even a section on how to write an exam answer. Sample memos, letters and briefs are in the appendices.
This basic guidebook to legal writing focuses on the concepts of legal writing, elements of the office memorandum and briefs. Samples in the appendices of the book include a memorandum, the defendant's brief to the trial court, the plaintiff's brief to the trial court, trial court decision, and the appellant and appellee's brief.