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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.

First, Just Write It.

Then, Edit and Revise for Content, Organization, and Style

  • Did you include all the information required?
  • Is the information accurate?
  • Is it logically organized (compare with your detailed outline of the analysis)?
  • Are sentences, paragraphs, and sections logically connected?
  • Is the writing clear and concise, using simple sentences?
  • Check grammar, punctuation, spelling
  • Check citations
  • Give yourself time between revisions so you can edit with fresh eyes, always asking, 'Could I make this clearer for my reader?"

Final Advice

  • Do not use excessive quotations; use your own words
  • Show how you reached your conclusions
  • Connect the sections
  • Use the precise legal terminology


Congratulations, you are finished!