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Legal Research Manual

This edition of Legal Research Manual builds on many previous editions. While the manual is designed principally for use with the first year legal research classes, upper year law students will also find it a useful reference.

Stage 7: Final Writing

Using your detailed outline of your legal analysis of the fact situation, draft the final legal memorandum.

Common Problems To Avoid

  • do not use excessive quotations; use your own words
  • show how you reached your conclusions
  • connect the sections
  • use the precise legal terminology

Prepare Drafts

  • prepare to write a first draft, second draft, and final version
  • revise for content and organization
    • did you include all the information required?
    • is the information accurate?
    • is it logically organized (compare with your detailed outline of the analysis)?
  • edit
    • are sentences, paragraphs, and sections logically connected?
    • is the writing clear and concise, using simple sentences?
    • check grammar, punctuation, spelling
    • check citations