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Five Tips for a Great Legal Writing Assignment
September 25, 2012 By Lee Burgess 2 Comments
- Follow the format outlined by your professor. It is likely your legal writing professor has given you instructions for the overall format of your legal writing assignment. In addition, your professor may have given you formatting instructions for the body of your assignment, such as that you need to follow IRAC. Whatever the instructions, follow them . Sure, you may think it is an overly formal or a frustrating way to write—but to be honest, no one cares. You need to write for your professor . It is more important to write in the way your professor has outlined, than as you personally prefer. And it is not going to be the last time your writing will need to conform to someone else’s rules. As a working attorney you often need to write in the format requested by your boss or even by the court. So get used to it!
- Remember, your writing doesn’t need to be full of legalese—the best legal writing is often simple! So many law students make the mistake of thinking that to “sound like a lawyer” they must use every possible legal term out there. This is just not the case. Often the most effective legal writing is very clear and concise and only uses legal terms or “legalese” when appropriate (say, when you are using a term of art). It is also important to work on writing in a clear, concise way because your assignments may have maximum word count. So using extra words to sound “more professional” won’t really help your grade in the end.
- Answer the question asked by your assignment. Often students get so caught up in writing their assignment that they forget to focus on the question that was asked of them. It is important to read and re-read (and even read again) the assignment sheet. You don’t want to make a mistake and write something off topic. Remember, answering the question is key to getting a good grade!
- Plan before you write. A great legal writing assignment is organized. And for most of us this means that you need to plan your paper just as you would plan an essay or any other project. Organization is key and it takes time to sit with the research and develop your answer. Make sure you build this time into your plan of how you are going to get your assignment done.
- Proofread and double-check citations. As an attorney-in-training, it is very important to present yourself in a professional way. That means that you need to proofread your assignments to present yourself in a professional way to your professor as well. If your assignment is riddled with typos, it is distracting for the professor and likely will cause your grade to drop. Also, students often are lax when handling citations. You are typically graded on the accuracy of your citations. Citations are not hard, but you must be detail oriented and look things up! I have seen many a legal writing grade go down because students didn’t spend adequate time or energy on citations. Don’t let this happen to you.
Legal writing, like most things, gets easier the more that you do it. So do every practice assignment assigned and get as much feedback as you can. This will help you become an excellent legal writer, which is a critical skill in our profession.
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About Lee Burgess
Lee Burgess, Esq. is the co-founder of the Law School Toolbox , a resource for law students that demystifies the law school experience and the Bar Exam Toolbox , a resource for students getting ready for the bar exam. Lee has been adjunct faculty at two bay area law schools teaching classes on law school and bar exam preparation. You can find Lee on Twitter at @leefburgess , @lawschooltools , & @barexamtools .
Thank very much for the tips i have just read they been beneficial to me because am a distance law school student.
I need more guide to legal writing because am lecturing this course for Magistrates
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Legal Memo Format Basics
March 2, 2023
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What is the legal memo assignment?
What’s the difference between a closed legal memo and an open legal memo, what’s the standard legal memo format, how to write a legal memo.
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The legal memo is an objective memorandum that provides you the opportunity to review and research relevant case law, investigate relevant facts using available resources, analyze those facts under that law, and impartially assess the potential outcome of a matter. The legal memo is an assignment that law firm associates are frequently asked to provide to senior attorneys.
Far too often, however, the assigning attorney takes one look at the result and replies, “I knew this already.” To prevent this outcome, it’s important to write a legal memo with sufficient understanding of audience, scope, purpose, and format. With proper planning, law firm associates can maximize the odds of favorable reception at the outset.
Bloomberg Law can help you understand and apply legal issues to your legal memo assignment, so your final product addresses all relevant points right out of the gate.
A closed legal memo is an assignment where you are given the case law or other primary law to be used in your writing. Far more challenging is an open legal memo, where you will need to research and identify the relevant law, investigate and analyze the most legally significant facts involving a particular client, and provide a critical assessment of how the court may apply the law to the matter.
By extension, unlike a court brief, the legal memo is not the place to wager a legal opinion or argue facts. The legal memorandum serves as an objective standalone document and identifies the risks and any unknown facts that need investigation. It should maintain an impartial tone, with no implied preference for one side or the other.
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Learn about the best practices in legal research, including where to start, familiarizing yourself with an issue, and tips for searching documents.
Generally, a legal memorandum comprises six sections, with the following information:
1. Heading or caption
A section, titled, “Memorandum,” identifies the recipient (To: _______), the author (From: ____), the assignment submission date (typically in MMMM DD YYYY format), and subject of the memo (Re: __________).
2. Question presented
A brief one-sentence statement that defines how the law applies to the legal question at hand, and the jurisdiction where the matter will be decided. The question presented is specific and impartial and doesn’t assume a legal conclusion.
3. Brief answer
A quick-hit legal prediction to the question presented, based on a short (four to five sentences) explanation that references relevant law and facts.
4. Statement of facts
A concise, impartial statement of the facts that captures the heart of the legal matter, as well as current and past legal proceedings related to the issue. The facts can be chronological or grouped thematically, whichever format presents the facts in the clearest manner.
Restates the main facts and delineates the overarching legal rule. Several paragraphs outline the various legal topics to be addressed in the case and provide an analysis of the legal issues, usually ordered in subsections.
The assigning attorney will likely read this section first. It predicts how the court will apply the law, and how confident you are in your prediction based on the data. With an impartial advisory tone, you identify next steps and propose a legal strategy to proceed.
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Legal research memos can come in many forms—from broad 50-state surveys to more nuanced research on a particular point of law—but whatever the format, it’s important that you fully understand the task entrusted to you before you start typing.
If you tackle your assignment by following the recommended approaches in the legal memo example below, you’ll be more likely to find an appreciative supervising attorney, deliver better work product, cut down on the number of drafts required to arrive at a final product, and, most importantly, please the client.
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Legal memorandum sample assignment
Assignment: Prepare an open legal memo on whether, under the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause, there is personal jurisdiction over a foreign car manufacturer involving a products liability case.
Step 1: Understand the legal issues
Review legal memo assignment materials.
In an open legal memo, you will be tasked with researching relevant primary and secondary resources, such as from national, single, or multiple state entities, as well as appeals circuits, to include in your analysis.
Locate secondary sources
Secondary sources, such as books, treatises, law reviews, legal analysis publications, and Practical Guidance are a great starting point to assist with your legal memo research. Although secondary sources are not binding on courts, meaning courts are not required to follow these sources, they are still helpful tools to use when you know little about a topic.
However, remember that while you may know little about a topic, the same may not hold true for your audience. Readers like law partners and assigning attorneys will already know general law. Identify your audience’s presumed level of knowledge, then the most mission-critical questions to address. These identified gaps will inform your fact-finding and research.
Use secondary resources to better fill in the main legal topics and issues as they relate to the facts in the legal memo assignment. Your legal research should help frame the issue and lead to other relevant materials, including cases and statutes.
Throughout, utilize legal memo space wisely. Remember, legal memo length varies by subject. Some topics require only a short summary, while others compel long-form treatment. For guidance, search your firm’s office document management system for previous legal memos.
Sample assignment – Step 1
Understand the legal issues: Legal research depends on the right search terms. In the case, for example, you can use the keywords: (“personal jurisdiction” and manufacture!)) to locate relevant resources on the Bloomberg Law platform.
More broadly, while your search into secondary sources may span books and treatises, law review articles, and other legal analysis publications, make sure to vet all legal authorities for relevance.
[Research tip: It can be challenging to know all relevant keywords. Bloomberg Law provides a convenient search results page, where relevant article blurbs showcase additional keywords to explore. Based on targeted keywords, you can better gather the most relevant background information to assist with your analysis.]
Step 2: Develop a research plan
Identify primary law.
Primary sources can often be identified with research tools, such as court opinions searches for relevant case law. However, primary sources are not always apparent. In such cases, work your way backward. Reviewing secondary sources can help you identify a list of relevant primary law resources, like case law and related statutes. Keep your research organized and create a research plan to identify key resources. The research plan will list the relevant primary law and how the case or statute relates to your comprehensive legal analysis.
Save the relevant cases and statutes to a designated workspace. Bloomberg Law provides a streamlined and secure digital working area where you can add your notes as well as upload and store your drafts to keep organized.
Sample assignment – Step 2
Develop a research plan: In the assignment, some legal research may mention cases on what contacts a foreign defendant must have for the court to have personal jurisdiction over it, such as Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court . Read through these articles to reveal additional relevant cases and statutes to support your analysis.
Step 3: Confirm your legal memo research
Once you have your research plan, you want to verify all your research to make sure you’re relying on the most current case law available. Bloomberg Law’s litigation tools like the BCite citator tool help you work smarter and faster to validate your case law research—specifically, to determine whether a citation still represents good law and can be relied upon—and helps you to conduct additional research to find more cases and resources that support your legal memo’s findings and conclusions.
Robust verification should ensure you know the following information:
- Composite analysis – the overall treatment of the cited case by other courts.
- Direct history – How a cited case has moved through the court system.
- Case analysis – Cases that have subsequently cited to the case.
- Authorities – Cases relied on by the court in the main case.
- Citing documents – Legal materials, such as court opinions, administrative decisions, and secondary sources that reference your case by citation.
Sample assignment – Step 3
Confirm your research: To see whether Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court is still good law, you will of course need to pull up and review the case status. As part of this verification, you should review how other courts have treated the case. Once you have verified case status, you can better find additional secondary cases and other sources that cite to your case.
[Research tip: Carefully review whether case law citation can be relied on in your legal memo. While a legal memo is written for internal stakeholders like the assigning attorney, and not for the court system, it may nonetheless serve as a primer for future material.]
Attorneys may later incorporate any case law citations within the legal memo into court filings in support of their arguments. Given this broad potential reach, it’s imperative to verify all case law within your legal memo. Any unverified case law that later makes its way into public documents will result in an admonition from the court.
It is also important not to cherry-pick case citations. Remember the legal memo’s purpose is to inform, not to argue the facts. The legal memo must therefore provide an objective summary of all relevant case law and how it applies to the facts at hand. The omission of negative case law only compromises future legal strategy and heightens client legal exposure.
Step 4: Write an objective analysis
The legal memo showcases your critical legal thinking skills. Use your research plan and research materials to help organize your analysis. Remember to clearly state the law and the facts, in the active voice, and present your analysis in a logical manner.
Even with the IRAC legal memo format (Issue, Rule, Application, and Conclusion), it can be a challenge to write with precision. For example, it may not be clear which details to include in the statement of facts. Skilled legal memo writers often begin with the discussion. With complementary considerations of legal authority and factual criteria, this section clarifies the most legally significant facts and informs other earlier sections like the question presented and brief answer.
Across all stages, Bloomberg Law provides a vast trove of articles and resources to assist you in preparing your legal memo. Whether this is your first or fiftieth legal memo assignment, you can showcase clear and impartial legal analysis in your legal memo and other writing assignments in ways that establish you as a strong legal mind.
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Third edition (lexisnexis 2009) by michael makdisi & john makdisi.
C. HOW TO BRIEF
The previous section described the parts of a case in order to make it easier to read and identify the pertinent information that you will use to create your briefs. This section will describe the parts of a brief in order to give you an idea about what a brief is, what is helpful to include in a brief, and what purpose it serves. Case briefs are a necessary study aid in law school that helps to encapsulate and analyze the mountainous mass of material that law students must digest. The case brief represents a final product after reading a case, rereading it, taking it apart, and putting it back together again. In addition to its function as a tool for self-instruction and referencing, the case brief also provides a valuable “cheat sheet” for class participation.
Who will read your brief? Most professors will espouse the value of briefing but will never ask to see that you have, in fact, briefed. As a practicing lawyer, your client doesn’t care if you brief, so long as you win the case. The judges certainly don’t care if you brief, so long as you competently practice the law. You are the person that the brief will serve! Keep this in mind when deciding what elements to include as part of your brief and when deciding what information to include under those elements.
What are the elements of a brief? Different people will tell you to include different things in your brief. Most likely, upon entering law school, this will happen with one or more of your instructors. While opinions may vary, four elements that are essential to any useful brief are the following:
(a) Facts (name of the case and its parties, what happened factually and procedurally, and the judgment)
(b) Issues (what is in dispute)
(c) Holding (the applied rule of law)
(d) Rationale (reasons for the holding)
If you include nothing but these four elements, you should have everything you need in order to recall effectively the information from the case during class or several months later when studying for exams.
Because briefs are made for yourself, you may want to include other elements that expand the four elements listed above. Depending on the case, the inclusion of additional elements may be useful. For example, a case that has a long and important section expounding dicta might call for a separate section in your brief labeled: Dicta. Whatever elements you decide to include, however, remember that the brief is a tool intended for personal use. To the extent that more elements will help with organization and use of the brief, include them. On the other hand, if you find that having more elements makes your brief cumbersome and hard to use, cut back on the number of elements. At a minimum, however, make sure you include the four elements listed above.
Elements that you may want to consider including in addition to the four basic elements are:
(e) Dicta (commentary about the decision that was not the basis for the decision)
(f) Dissent (if a valuable dissenting opinion exits, the dissent’s opinion)
(g) Party’s Arguments (each party’s opposing argument concerning the ultimate issue)
(h) Comments (personal commentary)
Personal comments can be useful if you have a thought that does not fit elsewhere. In the personal experience of one of the authors, this element was used to label cases as specific kinds (e.g., as a case of vicarious liability) or make mental notes about what he found peculiar or puzzling about cases. This element allowed him to release his thoughts (without losing them) so that he could move on to other cases.
In addition to these elements, it may help you to organize your thoughts, as some people do, by dividing Facts into separate elements:
(1) Facts of the case (what actually happened, the controversy)
(2) Procedural History (what events within the court system led to the present case)
(3) Judgment (what the court actually decided)
Procedural History is usually minimal and most of the time irrelevant to the ultimate importance of a case; however, this is not always true. One subject in which Procedure History is virtually always relevant is Civil Procedure.
When describing the Judgment of the case, distinguish it from the Holding. The Judgment is the factual determination by the court, in favor of one party, such as “affirmed,” “reversed,” or “remanded.” In contrast, the Holding is the applied rule of law that serves as the basis for the ultimate judgment.
Remember that the purpose of a brief is to remind you of the important details that make the case significant in terms of the law. It will be a reference tool when you are drilled by a professor and will be a study aid when you prepare for exams. A brief is also like a puzzle piece.
The elements of the brief create the unique shape and colors of the piece, and, when combined with other pieces, the picture of the common law takes form. A well-constructed brief will save you lots of time by removing the need to return to the case to remember the important details and also by making it easier to put together the pieces of the common law puzzle.
D. EXTRACTING THE RELEVANT INFORMATION: ANNOTATING AND HIGHLIGHTING
So now that you know the basic elements of a brief, what information is important to include under each element? The simple answer is: whatever is relevant. But what parts of a case are relevant? When you read your first few cases, you may think that everything that the judge said was relevant to his ultimate conclusion. Even if this were true, what is relevant for the judge to make his decision is not always relevant for you to include in your brief. Remember, the reason to make a brief is not to persuade the world that the ultimate decision in the case is a sound one, but rather to aid in refreshing your memory concerning the most important parts of the case.
What facts are relevant to include in a brief? You should include the facts that are necessary to remind you of the story. If you forget the story, you will not remember how the law in the case was applied. You should also include the facts that are dispositive to the decision in the case. For instance, if the fact that a car is white is a determining factor in the case, the brief should note that the case involves a white car and not simply a car. To the extent that the procedural history either helps you to remember the case or plays an important role in the ultimate outcome, you should include these facts as well.
What issues and conclusions are relevant to include in a brief? There is usually one main issue on which the court rests its decision. This may seem simple, but the court may talk about multiple issues, and may discuss multiple arguments from both sides of the case. Be sure to distinguish the issues from the arguments made by the parties. The relevant issue or issues, and corresponding conclusions, are the ones for which the court made a final decision and which are binding. The court may discuss intermediate conclusions or issues, but stay focused on the main issue and conclusion which binds future courts.
What rationale is important to include in a brief? This is probably the most difficult aspect of the case to determine. Remember that everything that is discussed may have been relevant to the judge, but it is not necessarily relevant to the rationale of the decision. The goal is to remind yourself of the basic reasoning that the court used to come to its decision and the key factors that made the decision favor one side or the other.
A brief should be brief! Overly long or cumbersome briefs are not very helpful because you will not be able to skim them easily when you review your notes or when the professor drills you. On the other hand, a brief that is too short will be equally unhelpful because it lacks sufficient information to refresh your memory. Try to keep your briefs to one page in length. This will make it easy for you to organize and reference them.
Do not get discouraged. Learning to brief and figuring out exactly what to include will take time and practice. The more you brief, the easier it will become to extract the relevant information.
While a brief is an extremely helpful and important study aid, annotating and highlighting are other tools for breaking down the mass of material in your casebook. The remainder of this section will discuss these different techniques and show how they complement and enhance the briefing process.
Many of you probably already read with a pencil or pen, but if you do not, now is the time to get in the habit. Cases are so dense and full of information that you will find yourself spending considerable amounts of time rereading cases to find what you need. An effective way to reduce this time is to annotate the margins of the casebook. Your pencil (or pen) will be one of your best friends while reading a case. It will allow you to mark off the different sections (such as facts, procedural history, or conclusions), thus allowing you to clear your mind of thoughts and providing an invaluable resource when briefing and reviewing.
You might be wondering why annotating is important if you make an adequate, well-constructed brief. By their very nature briefs cannot cover everything in a case. Even with a thorough, well-constructed brief you may want to reference the original case in order to reread dicta that might not have seemed important at the time, to review the complete procedural history or set of facts, or to scour the rationale for a better understanding of the case; annotating makes these tasks easier. Whether you return to a case after a few hours or a few months, annotations will swiftly guide you to the pertinent parts of the case by providing a roadmap of the important sections. Your textual markings and margin notes will refresh your memory and restore specific thoughts you might have had about either the case in general or an individual passage.
Annotations will also remind you of forgotten thoughts and random ideas by providing a medium for personal comments.
In addition to making it easier to review an original case, annotating cases during the first review of a case makes the briefing process easier. With adequate annotations, the important details needed for your brief will be much easier to retrieve. Without annotations, you will likely have difficulty locating the information you seek even in the short cases. It might seem strange that it would be hard to reference a short case, but even a short case will likely take you at least fifteen to twenty-five minutes to read, while longer cases may take as much as thirty minutes to an hour to complete. No matter how long it takes, the dense material of all cases makes it difficult to remember all your thoughts, and trying to locate specific sections of the analysis may feel like you are trying to locate a needle in a haystack. An annotation in the margin, however, will not only swiftly guide you to a pertinent section, but will also refresh the thoughts that you had while reading that section.
When you read a case for the first time, read for the story and for a basic understanding of the dispute, the issues, the rationale, and the decision. As you hit these elements (or what you think are these elements) make a mark in the margins. Your markings can be as simple as “facts” (with a bracket that indicates the relevant part of the paragraph). When you spot an issue, you may simply mark “issue” or instead provide a synopsis in your own words. When a case sparks an idea — write that idea in the margin as well — you never know when a seemingly irrelevant idea might turn into something more.
Finally, when you spot a particularly important part of the text, underline it (or highlight it as described below).
With a basic understanding of the case, and with annotations in the margin, the second read-through of the case should be much easier. You can direct your reading to the most important sections and will have an easier time identifying what is and is not important. Continue rereading the case until you have identified all the relevant information that you need to make your brief, including the issue(s), the facts, the holding, and the relevant parts of the analysis.
Pencil or pen — which is better to use when annotating? Our recommendation is a mechanical pencil. Mechanical pencils make finer markings than regular pencils, and also than ballpoint pens. Although you might think a pencil might smear more than a pen, with its sharp point a mechanical pencil uses very little excess lead and will not smear as much as you might imagine. A mechanical pencil will also give you the freedom to make mistakes without consequences. When you first start annotating, you may think that some passages are more important than they really are, and therefore you may resist the urge to make a mark in order to preserve your book and prevent false guideposts. With a pencil, however, the ability to erase and rewrite removes this problem.
Why highlight? Like annotating, highlighting may seem unimportant if you create thorough, well-constructed briefs, but highlighting directly helps you to brief. It makes cases, especially the more complicated ones, easy to digest, review and use to extract information.
Highlighting takes advantage of colors to provide a uniquely effective method for reviewing and referencing a case. If you prefer a visual approach to learning, you may find highlighting to be a very effective tool.
If annotating and highlighting are so effective, why brief? Because the process of summarizing a case and putting it into your own words within a brief provides an understanding of the law and of the case that you cannot gain through the process of highlighting or annotating.
The process of putting the case into your own words forces you to digest the material, while annotating and highlighting can be accomplished in a much more passive manner.
What should you highlight? Similar to annotating, the best parts of the case to highlight are those that represent the needed information for your brief such as the facts, the issue, the holding and the rationale.
Unlike annotating, highlighting provides an effective way to color code, which makes referring to the case even easier. In addition, Highlighters are particularly useful in marking off entire sections by using brackets. These brackets will allow you to color-code the case without highlighting all the text, leaving the most important phrases untouched for a more detailed highlight marking or underlining.
Highlighting is a personal tool, and therefore should be used to the extent that highlighting helps, but should be modified in a way that makes it personally time efficient and beneficial. For instance, you might combine the use of annotations in the margins with the visual benefit of highlighting the relevant text. You may prefer to underline the relevant text with a pencil, but to use a highlighter to bracket off the different sections of a case. Whatever you choose to do, make sure that it works for you, regardless of what others recommend. The techniques in the remainder of this section will describe ways to make full use of your highlighters.
First, buy yourself a set of multi-colored highlighters, with at least four, or perhaps five or six different colors. Yellow, pink, and orange are usually the brightest. Depending on the brand, purple and green can be dark, but still work well. Although blue is a beautiful color, it tends to darken and hide the text.
Therefore we recommend that you save blue for the elements that you rarely highlight.
For each different section of the case, choose a color, and use that color only when highlighting the section of the case designated for that color. Consider using yellow for the text that you tend to highlight most frequently. Because yellow is the brightest, you may be inclined to use yellow for the Conclusions in order to make them stand out the most. If you do this, however, you will exhaust your other colors much faster than yellow and this will require that you purchase an entire set of new highlighters when a single color runs out because colors such as green are not sold separately. If instead you choose to use yellow on a more frequently highlighted section such as the Analysis, when it comes time to replace your yellow marker, you will need only to replace your yellow highlighter individually. In the personal experience on one of the authors, the sections of cases that seemed to demand the most highlighter attention were the
Facts and the Analysis, while the Issues and Holdings demanded the least. Other Considerations and
Procedural History required lots of highlighting in particular cases although not in every case.
Experiment if you must, but try to choose a color scheme early on in the semester and stick with it. That way, when you come back to the first cases of the semester, you will not be confused with multiple color schemes. The basic sections of a case for which you should consider giving a different color are:
Issue (and questions presented)
Holding (and conclusions)
Other Considerations (such as dicta)
Not all of these sections demand a separate color. You may find that combining Facts and Procedural History or Issues and Holdings works best. Furthermore, as mentioned above, some sections may not warrant highlighting in every case (e.g., dicta probably do not need to be highlighted unless they are particularly important). If you decide that a single color is all that you need, then stick to one, but if you find yourself highlighting lots of text from many different sections, reconsider the use of at least a few different colors. Highlighters make text stand out, but only when used appropriately. The use of many colors enables you to highlight more text without reducing the highlighter’s effectiveness. Three to four colors provides decent color variation without the cumbersomeness of handling too many markers.
Once you are comfortable with your color scheme, determining exactly what to highlight still may be difficult. Similar to knowing what to annotate, experience will perfect your highlighting skills. Be careful not to highlight everything, thus ruining your highlighters’ effectiveness; at the same time, do not be afraid to make mistakes.
Now that we have covered the basics of reading, annotating, highlighting, and briefing a case, you are ready to start practicing. Keep the tips and techniques mentioned in this chapter in mind when you tackle the four topics in the remainder of this book. If you have difficultly, refer back to this chapter to help guide you as you master the case method of study and the art of using the common law.
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Learn to Read, Write Like a Law School Student
College can give your legal education and career a running start if you focus on key law-related skills as an undergraduate.
Learn to Read, Write Like a Law Student
To prepare for law school students should practice more rigorous methods of note-taking, including using color-coded highlights for different types of information. Getty Images/iStockphoto
After ramming through thousands of pages of homework and hundreds of pages of writing assignments, often at the last minute – perhaps a little too often – college students and graduates may think they are at the top of their game.
How Long and Difficult Is Law School?
Ilana Kowarski Jan. 14, 2019
Law school, however, takes reading and writing to a whole new level. Compared with undergraduate texts, legal code and court opinions can seem written in an alien language. And many law students find legal writing to be the hardest core class they have to take in their first year.
There's no question that college makes you a better reader and writer, but the quirks of undergraduate writing can also leave you with some bad habits. To prepare for law school , improve your written communication skills by following this advice:
- Take better notes.
- Write succinctly.
- Clarify your assumptions.
- Don't show off.
Take Better Notes
The writers of the articles and textbooks you read in college often take great pains to communicate difficult concepts clearly and concisely. To prepare for class discussions and writing assignments, it is often enough to highlight key points and jot down a few notes or a brief summary.
Law school, however, is based on the case method . You learn by reading important legal cases and deducing common principles of how to interpret and apply real laws.
If you think your brain can recall all that information based on some highlighted passages, you may find yourself at a loss for words the first time a law school professor calls on you to analyze and critique a judge's opinion.
Instead, law students "brief" each case by writing down key facts and legal findings and compiling long, carefully organized outlines that integrate all those cases.
Before law school, you can get a head start on briefing by developing more consistent and rigorous methods of note-taking. Try using color-coded highlights for different types of information. Try reading an article, summarizing the argument as briefly as possible and then coming up with counterpoints.
College often rewards writing long. Written assignments are more likely to have a minimum length than a page limit, and it rarely hurts to throw in extra quotes and supporting evidence for your arguments. You may even get the impression that long-winded sentences sound weightier and more mature.
Legal writing, however, is more structured and focused. While legal papers can be quite long, every sentence must contribute to the overall argument. Law professors have little patience for bloated and meandering paragraphs.
Even if undergraduate professors don't explicitly require it, practice editing your papers to be direct and concise. Cut out redundancies and sentences that are not clearly related to your main points.
Clarify Your Assumptions
Because college is intended to cultivate independent thinking, students are often encouraged to share thoughts and reactions from their unique perspective.
In contrast, legal writing should be universal, because the law is meant to cover everyone equally. In order to develop your arguments, you need to carefully ensure that everyone can understand your reasoning from the evidence you present.
Even in college , you can start thinking about the unstated assumptions behind your arguments. Some of these assumptions may not be worth pointing out, like the meaning of common terms or agreed-upon facts.
Are there any assumptions that might not be so obvious to someone with a different background or perspective? If so, try to state those assumptions clearly, so all readers can understand how you came to your conclusions whether or not they agree with you.
Don't Show Off
College students have a reputation for pretentiousness. The word "sophomoric" is even used to describe writing that is immature, conceited and overconfident. No one can look back at his or her adolescence without cringing about some of the things he or she said or wrote.
Because law school is a professional school, students are held to higher standards. If you start bloviating, referencing ideas you don't understand or using big words just to sound smart, your law professors and fellow students will cut you down to size.
While college is a great time for taking intellectual risks, always be conscious of the limits of your knowledge. Great readers and writers focus more on what they still don't know than what they presume to understand.
Reading and writing are lifelong practices. Not only will practice help you succeed in law school, it will make you a clearer thinker.
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How to Structure & Write A First-Class Law Essay: Key Tips
Writing a law essay can be a challenging task. As a law student, you’ll be expected to analyse complex legal issues and apply legal principles to real-world scenarios. At the same time, you’ll need to be able to communicate your ideas clearly and persuasively. In this article, we’ll cover some top tips to guide you through the process of planning, researching, structuring and writing a first-class law essay. By the end of this article, you’ll be better equipped to tackle your next writing assignment with confidence!
1. Start In Advance
Give yourself plenty of time to plan, research and write your law essay. Always aim to start your law essay as soon as you have the question. Leaving it until the last minute does not only create unnecessary stress, but it also leaves you insufficient time to write, reference and perfect your work.
2. Understand The Question
Do not begin until you fully comprehend the question. Take the time to read the question carefully and make sure that you understand what it’s asking you to do. Highlight key terms and annotate the question with definitions of key concepts and any questions that you have have. Think about how the question links back to what you’ve learned during your lectures or through your readings.
3. Conduct Thorough Research
Conducting thorough research around your topic is one of the most fundamental parts of the essay writing process. You should aim to use a range of relevant sources, such as cases, academic articles, books and any other legal materials. Ensure that the information you collect is taken from relevant, reliable and up to date sources. Use primary over secondary material as much as possible.
Avoid using outdated laws and obscure blog posts as sources of information. Always aim to choose authoritative sources from experts within the field, such as academics, politicians, lawyers and judges. Using high-quality and authoritative sources and demonstrating profound and critical insight into your topic are what will earn you top marks.
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4. write a detailed plan.
Once you’ve done your research, it’s time to plan your essay. When writing your plan, you’ll need to create an outline that clearly identifies the main points that you wish to make throughout your article. Try to write down what you wish to achieve in each paragraph, what concepts you want to discuss and arguments you want to make.
Your outline should be organised in a clear, coherent and logical manner to ensure that the person grading your essay can follow your line of thought and arguments easily. You may also wish to include headings and subheadings to structure your essay effectively This makes it easier when it comes to writing the essay as starting without a plan can get messy. The essay must answer the question and nothing but the question so ensure all of your points relate to it.
5. Write A Compelling Introduction
A great introduction should, firstly, outline the research topic. The introduction is one of the most crucial parts of the law essay as it sets the tone for the rest of the paper. It should capture the readers attention and provide the background context on the topic. Most importantly, it should state the thesis of your essay.
When writing your introduction, avoid simply repeating the given question. Secondly, create a road map for the reader, letting them know how the essay will approach the question. Your introduction must be concise. The main body of the essay is where you will go into detail.
6. Include A Strong Thesis Statement
Your thesis should clearly set out the argument you are going to be making throughout your essay and should normally go in the introduction. Your thesis should adopt a clear stance rather than being overly general or wishy-washy. To obtain the best grades, you’ll need to show a unique perspective based upon a critical analysis of the topic rather than adopting the most obvious point of view.
Once you’ve conducted your research and had a chance to reflect on your topic, ask yourself whether you can prove your argument within the given word count or whether you would need to adopt a more modest position for your paper. Always have a clear idea of what your thesis statement is before you begin writing the content of your essay.
7. Present the Counter-argument
To demonstrate your deeper understanding of the topic, it’s important to show your ability to consider the counter-arguments and address them in a careful and reasoned manner. When presenting your counterarguments, aim to depict them in the best possible light, aiming to be fair and reasonable before moving on to your rebuttal. To ensure that your essay is convincing, you will need to have a strong rebuttal that explains why your argument is stronger and more persuasive. This will demonstrate your capacity for critical analysis, showing the reader that you have carefully considered differing perspectives before coming to a well-supported conclusion.
8. End With A Strong Conclusion
Your conclusion is your opportunity to summarise the key points made throughout your essay and to restate the thesis statement in a clear and concise manner. Avoid simply repeating what has already been mentioned in the body of the essay. For top grades, you should use the conclusion as an opportunity to provide critical reflection and analysis on the topic. You may also wish to share any further insights or recommendations into alternative avenues to consider or implications for further research that could add value to the topic.
9. Review The Content Of Your Essay
Make sure you factor in time to edit the content of your essay. Once you’ve finished your first draft, come back to it the next day. Re-read your essay with a critical perspective. Do your arguments make sense? Do your paragraphs flow in a logical manner? You may also consider asking someone to read your paper and give you critical feedback. They may be able to add another perspective you haven’t considered or suggest another research paper that could add value to your essay.
10. Proofread For Grammatical Mistakes
Once you’re happy with the content of your essay, the last step is to thoroughly proofread your essay for any grammatical errors. Ensure that you take time to ensure that there are no grammar, spelling or punctuation errors as these can be one of the easiest ways to lose marks. You can ask anyone to proofread your paper, as they would not necessarily need to have a legal background – just strong grammar and spelling skills!
11. Check Submission Guidelines
Before submitting, ensure that your paper conforms with the style, referencing and presentation guidelines set out by your university. This includes the correct font, font size and line spacing as well as elements such as page numbers, table of content etc. Referencing is also incredibly important as you’ll need to make sure that you are following the correct referencing system chosen by your university. Check your university’s guidelines about what the word count is and whether you need to include your student identification number in your essay as well. Be thorough and don’t lose marks for minor reasons!
12. Use Legal Terms Accurately
Always make sure that you are using legal terms accurately throughout your essay. Check an authoritative resource if you are unsure of any definitions. While being sophisticated is great, legal jargon if not used correctly or appropriately can weaken your essay. Aim to be concise and to stick to the point. Don’t use ten words when only two will do.
12. Create a Vocabulary Bank
One recurring piece of advice from seasoned law students is to take note of phrases from books and articles, key definitions or concepts and even quotes from your professors. When it comes to writing your law essay, you will have a whole range of ideas and vocabulary that will help you to develop your understanding and thoughts on a given topic. This will make writing your law essay even easier!
13. Finally, Take Care of Yourself
Last but certainly not least, looking after your health can improve your attitude towards writing your law essay your coursework in general. Sleep, eat, drink and exercise appropriately. Take regular breaks and try not to stress. Do not forget to enjoy writing the essay!
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A case note is a summary or a summary and critical analysis of a case.
A case note will usually include:
- Citations details- include the full citation details.
- Procedural history- write about how the matter came to court if there is a history, e.g. is the case on appeal?
- Facts- Explain the main points of the dispute or the reason the parties are in court. What orders or decision as they asking the court to make?
- Legal Issues- Explain what the legal issues are and how they apply to the facts.
- Decision summary- What did the court decide and why? What was the ratio (the rule of law on which the decision is based) and was there any obiter (the Judge's opinion that isn't essential to the decision). Also include and dissenting Judges where applicable.
- Critical Analysis- Some case notes will also require you to critically analysis the case, this will involve looking at the case in the wider body of law and discuss the merit or importance of the points of law raised in the case.
You usually have a strict word count for your case note, because of this limit the detail that you have for the background information and focus on the analysis.
Tip: Always read through your assignment instructions for specific information that will apply to your assessment task.
Read advice from other law students on how to survive law school. These links come from the Survive Law Blog .
- How to Write a Case Note
- Case note assignments This online tutorial from Monash University will take you step by step through writing a case note.
- Case Note: Betting Across Boarders This case note examines the recent High Court decision of Betfair Pty Limited v Western Australia.
- Case Note: Australian Securities and Investment Commission v MacDonald Australian Securities and Investments Commission v Macdonald [No 11] required the New South Wales Supreme Court to determine whether company directors and officers of James Hardie Industries Ltd had breached their duties.
- Case Note: Giller v Procopets This casenote deals with the claims concerning the videoing of the sexual encounters between the parties and the exhibition and/or distribution of the video to third parties.
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This resource uses a visual approach to take students through the process of essay writing for University. Although not law specific this resource will demonstrate formulating, refining and expressing academic essay writing:
One of the best ways to develop your writing skills is to read. Reading will expose you to different styles of writing and through reading you will form your own style. Think about the reports and cases that you read that frustrated you in finding out what the main ratio was. Compare that to this recent well written coroners report:
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Four tips on how to write a good law essay.
An essay is a common type of assessment in a law degree. This resource offers tips and resources to help you plan and write law essays. There are usually two types of law essays: the theoretical based essay and the problem-style essay.
The theoretical based essay may ask you to critically discuss a new piece of legislation or a recent case in relation to existing laws or legal principles. You may also be asked to take a side in an argument or discuss the wider societal implications of a legal outcome.
Problem-style essays require you to advise a party based on the analysis of a scenario or given problem. You will be required to identify the legal issues and apply relevant law. See more on legal problem-solving in this resource . This resource will focus on theoretical based law essays. There are a number of strategies that may help you in starting, structuring and presenting a law essay.
1. Starting your answer
The first step to a successful law essay is understanding the question. One of the most effective ways of breaking down the question is to identify the direction, content, and scope or limiting words.
For example, look at the following essay question:
Direction Words : Critically analyse.
Content Words: tort of negligence; tort of battery; consenting to medical treatment; patient’s right (autonomous decision).
Scope/Limiting Words: the extent to which, protect.
- In this case, we need to critically analyse an area of law.
- Here, we need to research the torts of negligence and battery and the issues of consent in medical treatments and patients’ rights .
- Here we should critically analyse how well (the extent to which) the aforementioned torts do or do not protect patients’ rights in the context of medical consent .
You may also find it useful to look at the rubric to help you interpret your examiner’s expectations.
2. Planning your argument
When reading a case, journal article, book chapter or online article, it can be hard to know exactly how to use the source in an essay. This is where taking good notes while reading critically is helpful. Take a look at our other resources to help you Read critically and Read difficult material .
The next step is to take notes that help you understand different arguments and issues, or information and context, and refer back to your assignment question to keep you on track.
Writing a very short summary of each source is a great way to start. For example, for each journal article you read, try to summarise the author's main points in a few lines. This will help you to articulate the meaning in your own words.
Then, expand on this summary with some key points. Be sure that when taking notes, you make a note of the source and the pinpoint reference or page number, so that you can correctly cite the source in your essay.
Think about how you will use your resources. You may use a primary or secondary resource to:
- to support your argument with evidence
- to demonstrate a range of issues and opinions (remember, it’s OK if you don’t agree with all your sources! Show where these contrasting arguments fit into your discussion)
It may be helpful to ask:
- How does this source contribute to my argument?
- Do I agree or disagree with the author’s argument?
See our resource Master the art of note-making and Brainstorming and mind mapping for more tips.
Integrating resources into your essay
It is important to use your research well. One way to do this is to plan the main points of your essay, and how you will use your primary and secondary resources (such as journal articles, books, case law, legislation, websites) to support one or more of those points.
3. Structuring your answer
A key element of successful law essays is the structure. A good structure will enable you to communicate your ideas fluently and efficiently. This is an important and highly valued skill not only in law school, but in practice as well.
Usually, your essay requires an introduction, body paragraphs and a conclusion. Generally, you should have one idea per paragraph. This may mean shorter paragraphs than what you would ordinarily write in high school or other faculties. Concision is key in law. Therefore, we recommend a short paragraph which efficiently addresses an issue over a long and winding exploration of many different issues.
Remember to use subheadings to provide structure to your writing. It is a good idea to come up with your subheadings before you start writing so that you have a structure to follow. The subheadings should act as a series of subtopics which reflect the arguments needed to substantiate your thesis statement.
Below we have an overview of the working components of good law essays. Examiners expect you to use all of these in your writing. The samples come from Julie Cassidy, ‘Hollow Avowals of Human Rights Protection: Time for an Australian Federal Bill of Rights?’ (2008) 13 Deakin Law Review 131.
NB: This is an illustrative example only. It is not concise enough for an undergraduate research essay and you would be expected to remove phrases like “In the course of, it is suggested that, in regard to.”
4. Presenting your ideas
In order to do well, you must also present your essay so that it reflects academic standards. This includes correct citation practices, subheadings, Plain English, and grammar and spelling.
Examiners highly value closely edited and proofed work. First-year students commonly rely too much on passive constructions and embellished language. Good lawyers write in clear and concise English that is easily understood.
- Correct Citation
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Your essay must adhere to the AGLC4 rules , including appropriate pinpoint footnotes and bibliography.
A comprehensive guide to AGLC4 is provided by the Library.
Law essays use subheadings frequently, but judiciously. This may be different to what you are used to.
Subheadings also help provide a structure. See the previous section for more advice.
In accordance with AGLC 4, the first word of your heading must be capitalised.
Examiners do not want to see the full extent of your vocabulary. They prefer to see complex arguments rendered in simple language.
This, surprisingly, is not easy. We tend to think through writing. That is, our ideas come to us as we are writing. This leaves a lot of writing which is repetitive, vague, or contradictory as our ideas evolve.
Use the editing worksheet to learn which words you can easily swap out to improve readability and strategies to avoid long-winded constructions.
Do not leave your assignment to the last minute. Not only will this create undue stress, but you will not have adequate time to proofread your assignment.
When we work intensively on a piece of writing, we need a period of time away, or distance, in order to re-read our work objectively. Give yourself 2-3 days before the due date so you can print your text and edit it carefully to remove any typos or grammatical errors.
Services like Grammarly may help to pick up errors that are missed by Microsoft Word.
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- Writing a Law essay mind map Take a look at this useful mind map to see the steps involved and the questions you should ask yourself when writing a law essay.
- Melbourne Law School: Research essay guide / Legal essay checklist
- Professor Steven Vaughan (University College London): How to write better law essays ( Prezi slides )
- Associate Professor Douglas Guilfoyle (University of New South Wales): Plain Legal English ( YouTube playlist )
- Professor James Lee (King’s College London): #FreeLawRevision Guides (see especially Essay Technique Parts 1, 2 and 3) ( YouTube playlist )
- Strategies for Essay Writing - Harvard College Writing Center See particularly, the section on Counterargument.
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- University of Western Australia Law School: Examples of legal writing
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- Dr Patrick Goold (City, University of London): ‘It’s a subject where words matter’: how to write the perfect law essay ( The Guardian )
- 'Don't just vomit on the page': how to write a legal essay Law lecturer Steven Vaughan (University College, London) explains why the best essays take discipline, editing, and teamwork.
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This article was co-authored by Clinton M. Sandvick, JD, PhD . Clinton M. Sandvick worked as a civil litigator in California for over 7 years. He received his JD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998 and his PhD in American History from the University of Oregon in 2013. This article has been viewed 238,080 times.
In a college legal studies course, and in some law school courses, you may be required to write a research paper addressing a legal topic. These essays can be tricky, because the law is constantly evolving. To secure a top grade, your essay must be well-researched and coherently argued. With proper planning and research, you can write a stellar legal essay. [Note: this article does not address how to write law school essay exams or bar exam questions, which require different techniques and strategies.]
Choosing an Essay Topic
- A narrow essay prompt might read, "Discuss the evolution and impact of the exclusionary rule of evidence in the United States." A broad prompt might read, "Discuss how a civil rights movement led to changes in federal and/or state law."
- If you are invited to choose your own topic, your professor may require you to submit a written proposal or outline to ensure that your chosen topic complies with the prompt. If you are not sure if your topic is within the parameters of the prompt, propose your topic to your professor after class or during his or her office hours.
- Hopefully, your course readings, lectures, and class discussions will have given you enough background knowledge to select a topic. If not, review your class notes and browse online for additional background information.
- It is not uncommon to change your topic after doing some research. You may end up narrowing the questions your essay will answer, or changing your topic completely.
- If you can, try to focus on an are of the law that affects you. For example, if your family is involved in agriculture, you may be interested in writing about water use regulations .
Researching Your Topic
- If you are prohibited from citing internet resources, you can still use online research to guide you to physical primary and secondary sources in your local library or bookstore.
- Look at footnotes, citations, and indexes in tertiary sources. These are great for finding books, articles, and legal cases that are relevant to your topic. Also take note of the names of authors, who may have written multiple works on your topic.
- Also find search engines for related fields, such as history or political science. Ask your librarian to recommend specialized search engines tailored to other disciplines that may have contributed to your topic.
- Never cut and paste from the web into your notes or essay. This often leads to inadvertent plagiarism because students forget what is a quotation and what is paraphrasing. When gathering sources, paraphrase or add quotation marks in your outline.
- Plagiarism is a serious offense. If you ultimately hope to be a lawyer, an accusation of plagiarism could prevent you from passing the character and fitness review.
Drafting the Essay
- An effective introduction takes the reader out of his world and into the world of your essay.  X Trustworthy Source University of North Carolina Writing Center UNC's on-campus and online instructional service that provides assistance to students, faculty, and others during the writing process Go to source Explain why the subject is important and briefly summarizes the rest of your argument. After reading your introduction, your reader should know what you are going to discuss and in what order you will be discussing it.
- Be prepared to revise your introduction later. Summarizing your essay will be easier after you have written it, especially if you deviate from your outline.
- State each argument of your essay as a statement that, if true, would support your thesis statement.
- Provide supporting information drawn from primary and secondary sources that support your argument. Remember to cite your sources.
- Provide your own original analysis, explaining to the reader that based on the primary and secondary sources you have presented, the reader should be persuaded by your argument.
Formatting Your Essay
Proofreading the Essay
- Open up a Word document. On the Quick Access Toolbar at the top, click on the down arrow. The words “Customize Quick Access Toolbar” will appear when you hover over the arrow for two seconds.
- Click on the arrow. Then click on “More Commands.”
- In the “Choose commands from” drop-down box, choose “All commands.”
- Scroll down to find “Speak.” Highlight this and then click “add.” Then click “okay.” Now the Speak function should appear on your Quick Access Toolbar.
- Highlight the text you want read back to you, and then click on the Speak icon. The text will be read back to you.
- Do not rely on a spell checker exclusively, as it will not catch typos like "statute" versus "statue."
Revising the Essay
- You can share the essay with someone outside of class, but a classmate more likely has the requisite knowledge to understand the subject matter of the essay.
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To write a law essay, start by writing a thesis statement on your chosen topic. Phrase your thesis statement as an argument, using words like “because” or “therefore” to state your point. Write an outline of the arguments you will use to support your thesis statement, then use that outline to build the body of your paper. Include any counter-arguments, but use your evidence to convince the reader why your point of view is valid, and the counter-arguments are not. Be sure to cite all of your sources in the format preferred by your professor. For tips from our reviewer on finding the best sources for your topic, keep reading! Did this summary help you? Yes No
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You can improve your skills at writing assignments for your subject area in a number of ways:
- Read the guidance or view the online tutorial on this page. They both go through the TIME model (Targeted, In-depth, Measured, Evidence-based) to explain what's required in academic writing.
- Attend one of our Succeed@Tees workshops. We run a workshop on academic writing, as well as on other types of writing (including critical writing, reflective writing, report writing). See Succeed@Tees workshops for more information, including a list of dates and times.
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- Writing an assignment takes time, more time than you may expect. Just because you find yourself spending many weeks on an assignment doesn’t mean that you’re approaching it in the wrong way.
- It also takes time to develop the skills to write well, so don’t be discouraged if your early marks aren’t what you’d hoped for. Use the feedback from your previous assignments to improve.
- Different types of assignments require different styles, so be prepared for the need to continue to develop your skills.
We’ve broken down TIME into 4 key elements of academic writing: Targeted, In-depth, Measured and Evidence-based.
- What is an academic piece of work
Your assignment needs to be targeted . It should:
- Be focused on the questions and criteria
- Make a decision
- Follow an argument
- How to be targeted
- Academic keywords or clue words
Your assignment needs to be in-depth . You should consider your questions and criteria thoroughly, thinking about all possible aspects, and including the argument both for and against different viewpoints.
- Identify topic areas
- Plan your assignment
- Think about your introduction and conclusion
- How to be in-depth
- How to read quickly
An academic writing style is measured. By this, we mean that it’s:
- Emotionally neutral
- Formal – written in the third person and in full sentences
- How to be measured
Your assignment needs to be evidence-based . You should:
- Reference all the ideas in your work
- Paraphrase your evidence
- Apply critical thinking to your evidence
- How to be evidence-based
- How to paraphrase
Once you’ve found all your evidence, and have decided what to say in each section, you need to write it up as paragraphs. Each paragraph should be on a single topic, making a single point. A paragraph is usually around a third of a page.
We find Godwin’s (2014) WEED model very helpful for constructing paragraphs.
W is for What
You should begin your paragraph with the topic or point that you’re making, so that it’s clear to your lecturer. Everything in the paragraph should fit in with this opening sentence.
E is for Evidence
The middle of your paragraph should be full of evidence – this is where all your references should be incorporated. Make sure that your evidence fits in with your topic.
E is for Examples
Sometimes it’s useful to expand on your evidence. If you’re talking about a case study, the example might be how your point relates to the particular scenario being discussed.
D is for Do
You should conclude your paragraph with the implications of your discussion. This gives you the opportunity to add your commentary, which is very important in assignments which require you to use critical analysis.
So, in effect, each paragraph is like a mini-essay, with an introduction, main body and conclusion.
Allow yourself some TIME to proofread your assignment. You’ll probably want to proofread it several times.
You should read it through at least once for sense and structure, to see if your paragraphs flow. Check that your introduction matches the content of your assignment. You’ll also want to make sure that you’ve been concise in your writing style.
You’ll then need to read it again to check for grammatical errors, typos and that your references are correct.
It’s best if you can create some distance from your assignment by coming back to it after a few days. It’s also often easier to pick out mistakes if you read your work aloud.
- How to proofread
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10 Strategies For Writing Law Assignments Like A Pro
Are you a law student who’s struggling with writing law assignments? You’ve got a tough assignment coming up. You’re nervous, and you’re not sure how to write it.
Well, you’re not alone, most law students often struggle with law assignments and prefer to seek law assignment help . This is because law school assignments are quite different from other types of written work. They require in-depth research and a good understanding of the subject. Plus, you also need to present your ideas clearly and concisely in a way that made sense to the audience.
But don’t worry! We’ve got some great tips to help you write like a pro, no matter what type of law assignment you’re dealing with. Whether you’re learning about the law of torts, contract law, or property law, these strategies will help you tackle any type of legal assignment.
And best of all? They won’t take much time out of your busy schedule. So let’s start exploring proven strategies to write an outstanding law assignment!
How To Write Law Assignments Like A Pro?
Whether you’re a student or a lawyer, here are 10 strategies to help you write like a pro:
1. Read, Take Notes, And Then Read Some More.
The first step in writing a law assignment is to read the question carefully. In order to write an effective answer, you need to understand the question first. Read it over and over again, looking at each word and phrase for meaning.
Look at the assignment instructions as well—are there any specific formatting requirements? What kind of format do you need to follow?
Read relevant case law, legislation, or other sources of information that might help make your argument stronger. It’s important to know where in these documents you can find what you need. So when it comes time for writing your own version of an argument, everything fits together nicely!
Take notes as you go along—this will help keep track of all those details about what was said where (and when). Then review those notes before moving on. Make sure they are clear enough so you can understand them without too much trouble too!
1. Break It Down Into Steps And Set Yourself Deadlines.
In law school, assignments are often long and complicated. This makes it easy for us to get overwhelmed by the amount of work we have on our plates. To help stay organized and focused, break down your assignment into manageable steps and set yourself deadlines for each step.
Also, Be consistent with your writing style and tone. You don’t want your reader confused by whether they’re reading someone who’s trying really hard or someone who doesn’t care about their work or their audience at all.
2. Use Different Sources And Be Critical Of Them.
If you’re writing a law assignment, it’s important to use multiple sources. This helps give you a balanced view of the material and makes sure that you get all sides of an argument. While this can sometimes feel like too much work, it will pay off in the long run by giving your reader access to an accurate representation of what happened in court cases or legislative debates.
You should also be critical when evaluating these sources: check their dates of publication. Make sure they were written by experts on their topic. Ensure they are unbiased (not taking sides). Determine if they’re credible (whether or not they have credibility within their field).
3. Plan Your Essay Before You Start Writing.
When you’re writing an essay, it can be tempting to dive right in and start writing. But this is a mistake because it leads to writer’s block and procrastination. Instead, plan your professional law essay help before you start writing!
Planning helps you stay on track by giving your brain something familiar to focus on during the process of creating new sentences and paragraphs (instead of being stuck on one word). Planning also helps prevent writer’s block from happening. Once you have an outline for your paper or assignment, there are no more excuses for not being able to write anything else—you’re just doing what needs doing!
4. Make A Schedule And Stick To It
Making a schedule and sticking to it is one of the most important things you can do when writing law assignments.
- Make sure that you set aside time each day for writing. It’s easy to get distracted by other things, so make sure your schedule includes breaks in between writing sessions!
- Don’t try to do too much at once—it’s more productive if you take breaks and spread out your workload over several hours or days instead of trying to complete everything all in one go (or even worse, procrastinating and ending up doing nothing).
- One of the best ways to stay organized is by using a planner or calendar. This will help you plan out your assignments so that you don’t get overwhelmed by all the work that needs to be done.
- It’s also important to make sure that your schedule takes into account any other commitments or responsibilities in your life—such as part-time jobs, etc.
5. Take A Break And Come Back To It With Fresh Eyes.
You don’t have to keep writing until you finish the assignment. It’s fine if you take a break every few pages or so and come back with fresh eyes. There are many ways that taking breaks can help improve your writing.
First, it gives you time to think about what you’re doing and how it makes sense. Second, taking breaks allows writers to process information better than if they were just sitting behind their computers all day long trying desperately not to fall asleep.
When you’re writing, it’s easy to get distracted by social media or TV shows, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that these things will help you write better. Instead, use them as rewards after your work is done!
6. Don’t Forget About The References!
References and citations are essential for your assignment. Make sure to format your references correctly and cite them correctly, too. Be sure to include citations in the body of the text, and use them correctly. For example, if you cite a case, put the citation in parentheses after the quote. If you cite an article, put it in square brackets after the quote.
The best way to avoid plagiarism is by following the proper citation method of author, title, page number(s), year published, and name of publisher or journal (if possible). For example: “Chapman & Hall Law Review article by Bhatia v. State of Texas (2016)”
The key is to ensure that when your reader looks at your paper they know where to find what you’re talking about. If ever you have any doubts about what a source says in its reference section then check it with another source first before quoting it directly.
7. Proofread And Proofread Again.
Proofreading is the most important step in writing law assignments as a professional. It is a key part of writing and should be done before you submit your work for review
Make sure you have a good grasp of the material before proofreading and make sure to use a dictionary and grammar checker. If you’re not careful, your work could be riddled with errors that make it hard for the reader to understand what you have written.
You can ask a friend or family member to read your paper before your professor grade it. You can also pay someone else to do this work for you or maybe even hire an expert proofreader at an hourly rate!
8. Know When To Ask For Help
If you’re struggling with an assignment, don’t hesitate to ask for help. It’s perfectly fine to reach out and ask your professor or classmates for assistance in completing the assignment. If there are no other options available, though, don’t hesitate to reach out to senior students who might have more experience than you do with this type of writing assignment.
Finally, think about taking advantage of resources outside of class. Library staff members will often feel happy simply by hearing from their peers that they need some extra help!
9. Make Sure You Don’t Forget Your Priorities
It’s important to remember that you can’t always be writing . You also have to eat, sleep, and exercise—you need your body to be healthy so that it can do its job.
You should also make sure you’re not neglecting other important things like going out with friends or having fun!
If you find yourself struggling with writer’s block, don’t feel like it’s a sign of failure. It can happen to anyone, even professional writers. The most important thing is to remember that you’re not alone—and there are plenty of ways you can overcome it!
If possible, go back and check your research sources again before starting on your paper—you might find something new!
10. Turn Your Law Assignments From Nightmares Into Manageable Tasks.
The k step to turning your law assignments into manageable tasks is staying on top of things. You can do this by setting deadlines, sticking to them, and keeping everything organized—like your research material. As long as you keep focused and stay on top of things, you can turn your law assignments from nightmares into manageable tasks.
Here are some tips for managing your time effectively:
- Keep track of when you’re going to write each assignment. This will also help prevent procrastination from creeping up on you!
- If possible, try scheduling breaks during working periods instead of staring at a computer screen all day long. This will help keep your mind fresh and you can give proper attention to your task.
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Step-By-Step Guide On How To Write a Law Assignment
A law assignment is a writing task completed by a law student as a part of their coursework. It requires students to conduct research on a legal topic and then write an essay or report on what they have learned. Law assignments can be challenging, but by following a few simple steps you can make the task a lot easier. In this blog post, you will learn how to write the perfect law assignment, from doing the right research to using the correct language.
Importance of Law assignment
A law assignment is an opportunity for students to show their understanding and application of legal principles learned during their studies. It also allows tutors to assess each student's legal research, writing, and analytical skills.
A well-written law assignment can demonstrate a student's ability to: - analyze and interpret primary and secondary legal materials; - apply legal principles to given facts; - research and communicate effectively; - identify, understand and solve legal problems; - think critically and creatively.
A law assignment can be an oral or written task set by a tutor during the semester break or at the end of the semester. It can also take the form of an exam. To understand this better you can consider taking law assignment help .
How to write the right law assignment?
When it comes to writing a law assignment, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to write the perfect paper. First and foremost, you need to make sure that you do thorough research on the topic you are writing about. This means going beyond just looking up the definition of a legal term; you need to find real-life examples that you can use to illustrate your point. Your write-up should be clear, concise, and formal. Remember that you are writing for a professional audience, so avoid using slang or colloquialisms. Instead, opt for words that are commonly used in legal documents. There are a few things you should do when writing a law assignment :
• Make sure your argument is well-reasoned and supported by evidence.
• Critically analyze the cases you cite.
• Structure your paper in a way that is easy for the reader to follow. There are also a few things you should avoid doing:
• Making assumptions about the reader’s knowledge of the law.
• Using unnecessary legal jargon.
• Citing outdated or irrelevant case law. By following these tips, you will be well on your way to writing the perfect law assignment.
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Before you start writing your law assignment, you must do thorough research. You need to have a clear understanding of the topic before you can start writing. Try to find as much information as possible on the internet, in books, and journals. Once you have gathered all the information, you need to start organizing it. Make sure that you have a clear structure in your mind before you start writing.
When you are doing your research, it is important to take note of all the sources that you are using. This will help you to avoid plagiarism. You should also make sure that you understand all the concepts that you are researching. If there are any terms that you do not understand, make sure to look them up. It is also important to be aware of the different perspectives on the issue. This will help you to write a balanced and fair law assignment.
The write-up should be clear, concise, and formal
When it comes to writing a law assignment, it is important to maintain a clear, concise, and formal tone throughout the write-up. This means avoiding any sort of slang, colloquialisms, or contractions throughout the assignment. In addition, sentences should be kept short and to the point. Every word included in the write-up should contribute to the argument being put forward.
Aside from ensuring the write-up is concise, it is also important to make sure it is clear. This means using language that is easy to understand and avoiding any sort of jargon. All points should be explained in simple terms and any complicated concepts should be defined. If a certain legal term is going to be used, it should be defined before it is used.
It is also important to ensure the write-up is formal. This means avoiding any sort of personal opinion or bias. The write-up should be based on facts and evidence. Any sort of personal opinion or interpretation of the law should be avoided.
If the write-up is clear, concise, and formal, it will be easy for the reader to follow and understand the argument being put forward. When you take assignment help then this work of researching and giving your article a structure becomes easy.
Basic language should be used
It is important to use basic language in a law assignment so as not to create ambiguity. The use of technical jargon should be avoided as far as possible. In particular, the use of acronyms should be avoided unless they are commonly understood. Where acronyms are used, they should be spelled out in full the first time they are used, with the acronym in brackets thereafter. Law homework help can you provide you the right assistance with this?
The Do's of law assignment
When you start writing a law assignment, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind. These are:
- Make sure that you have a clear understanding of the question that has been asked. If you are unsure about the question, you can always ask your professor for clarification. - Start your research early. You need to do thorough research for your law assignment. You can use both primary and secondary sources for your research. - Once you have gathered all the information, you need to analyze it and see if it is relevant to the question that has been asked. - Start drafting your law assignment. While drafting your law assignment, you need to make sure that it is clear, concise, and to the point. - After you have drafted your law assignment, you need to proofread it and make sure that there are no grammatical or spelling errors.
The Don'ts of law assignment
When it comes to writing a law assignment, there are certain things that you should avoid doing to write a good law assignment. These are:
1. Do not copy and paste: Copying and pasting from other sources is not only plagiarism but is also considered cheating. If you are caught doing this, you will get into serious trouble. Not only will you get a bad grade for your assignment, but you might also even get expelled from your university. So, always make sure to write your assignments.
2. Do not use informal language: When you are writing a law assignment, you need to make sure that you use formal language. This is because using informal language will make your assignment look unprofessional. So, always avoid using slang words, abbreviations, and contractions in your law assignments.
3. Do not use first person pronouns: First person pronouns such as “I”, “me”, “we”, “us” etc. should be avoided when writing a law assignment. This is because using first-person pronouns will make your assignment sound subjective. So, always try to use third person pronouns such as “he”, “she”, “it”, “they”, “them” etc.
4. Do not make assumptions: When you are writing a law assignment, you should always make sure that you do not make any assumptions. This is because making assumptions in your law assignment will make your argument weak. So, always try to back up your arguments with evidence.
5. Do not forget to reference: When you are writing a law assignment, you need to make sure that you reference all the sources that you have used. This is because failing to reference your sources is considered plagiarism. So, always remember to reference your sources correctly.
Tips For Writing A Perfect Law Assignment
There are a few tips that you can follow to write the best law assignment:
1. Do your research: This is the most important tip. You need to do thorough research before you start writing your assignment. You can use different sources like books, websites, articles, etc. to gather information.
2. Write clearly and concisely: Your write-up should be clear and concise. It should not contain any unnecessary information.
3. Use formal language: You should use formal language in your assignment. The use of slang or informal language is not allowed.
4. Follow the instructions: Make sure that you follow all the instructions given by your professor.
5. Proofread your assignment: Before you submit your assignment, you should proofread it to check for any mistakes.
Are you struggling to write your law assignment? Don't worry - you're not alone. Many students find legal writing to be a challenge.
But don't despair. With a little bit of planning and effort, you can write a great law assignment. This step-by-step guide will show you how.
Make notes for law assignment
Making notes is an important part of the law assignment writing process. It allows you to organize your thoughts and ensure that you include all the relevant information in your assignment.
There are a few things to keep in mind when making notes for your law assignment:
1. Make sure you understand the question. Read it carefully and make sure you know what is being asked of you. If you are unsure, ask your professor or TA for clarification.
2. Do your research. Once you have a good understanding of the question, it’s time to start researching. Use both primary and secondary sources to gather information for your assignment.
3. Organise your notes. Once you have gathered all the information you need, it’s time to start organizing it into a coherent structure. Create an outline of your assignment, including all the main points you want to make. This will help you write a clearer and more organized law assignment.
4. Keep track of your sources. As you are researching and taking notes, be sure to keep track of all the sources you use. This includes both primary and secondary sources. You will need to include these in a bibliography at the end of your assignment.
5. Take breaks! Writing a law assignment can be daunting, so make sure to take breaks throughout the process. Get up and stretch, take a walk, or just step away from your desk for a few minutes to clear your head. This will help you stay focused and avoid burnout as you write your law assignment
Always write the first draft
- No matter how much you may hate writing, or think that you can't do it, always write the first draft. It is the most important part of the process and will make everything else easier.
- Start by getting all of your thoughts and ideas down on paper. Don't worry about making it perfect, just get it all down. Once it's all out of your head, you can start to see what you have, and what you need to work on.
- If you get stuck, take a break, or skip ahead to another section. You can always come back later and fix it. Just keep moving forward. The goal is to get a complete first draft, not a perfect one.
Remember, no one will ever see this but you. So don't be too hard on yourself. This is just for you to get an idea of what you want to say. You can always change it later.
Review and edit Once you have the first draft, it's time to review and edit your work. Start by reading your paper out loud to catch any errors or awkward phrasing. Then, revise your paper for clarity and conciseness. Be sure to proofread your work carefully before submitting it.
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How To Write Law Assignment?
Being a student at Law university, you may have come across certain paths where you have to handle the law assignments. And sometimes, it is challenging for you to do your duties correctly and exactly as directed by the instructor. For this, you can take the help of any professional Law assignment writer or any online law assignment writing service.
However, these measures will lead you on the right path towards the proper actions needed while writing a law assignment.
Start ahead Law Homework
You should start your homework writing about the law as soon as you receive the Law Assignment Brief. Leaving things until the last minute creates needless tension and gives you inadequate time to compose your law Assignment.
1. Read, understand, and decide Law Assignment details
Don't start until you completely understand the law questions or law assignment Instruction. Take time to draft the law Solution as per the given instruction and consult your universities Tutor. It'll help tremendously in getting the perfect output of your law assignment.
Research your Law Assignment as per the region
This is the most essential element of the law assignment writing procedure. The information must be obtained from relevant, trustworthy, up-to-date sources because different Locations (EX= USA, Australia, UK...etc.) have their own laws which Academic writer needs to take care while writing All Law Assignment.
2. Law Assignment As per the level of Education
Almost every university in the world has a grading system for how well assignments are formatted and presented. Any task should be represented as a technical report and completed as such. This indicates that the format must be rigorously followed by a student while submitting an account or a law assignment.
As a subject, the law has various branches, words, and revisions that are enacted regularly, which is further divided into levels wise.
Bachelor’s Degree Law Homework
While you're reading, take a few moments to reflect on what you've learned and make a list of the most important elements. If there's anything you don't understand, you can question your lecturers about it.
Master’s Degree Law Assignment
Refrain from plagiarizing other people's work. If you're utilizing someone else's work for course preparation, you'll get no benefit; if it's part of the evaluation process, you could face disciplinary action, which could have major implications.
When you are citing someone else's work, make sure to provide credit to the source, including the author's name and publication information, which is generally done in a footnote, or else it will be considered as plagiarized.
3. Tips: How to start Writing My Law Assignment
If you want the quality of your law assignment to meet high standards, you need to do smart work to fulfill the target within the required timeline. Follow these tips:
- Plan your time : First and foremost, plan your time. It would be beneficial if you organize your time correctly and divide all jobs into different parts.
- Avoid distractions : Mobile, laptop, social media, and other apps are often the main barriers that prevent students from finishing their assignments. You must be cautious of all the distractions that surround you.
- Understand the issue : You should take care to understand the assignment topic or subject. If you have a better understanding of the topic or assignment question, you will answer it quickly and clearly.
- Collect sufficient information or data : Perform a little research on the subject in your spare time and discuss and try to get some leads on the law assignment topic.
- Make an outstanding outline : An outline is so important in writing; it teaches us how to present all of the material, information, or facts in your assignment in a well-structured and effective manner. Check to see whether your teachers' format is similar. If your teacher has already provided you guidelines on how to outline the legal assignment, you should follow them.
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Law is a legal system that governs a set of laws to limit the behaviors of its citizens in a given country or throughout the globe. The study of law includes the recounting of facts and the examination of various cases. Law ideas are lengthy and complex. As a result, a law student must prepare many documents and devote a significant amount of time to homework completion.
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When it comes to writing law assignments, it is important to ensure that you produce a high-quality piece of work that will get you the marks you need. Here are some tips on how to write a law assignment:
1. Start by reading the question carefully and making sure that you understand what is being asked of you.
2. Plan your answer by outlining the key points that you want to make.
3. Write a strong introduction that introduces your topic and provides a brief overview of your argument.
4. Develop your argument by providing detailed evidence and examples to support your points.
5. Write a strong conclusion that summarises your argument and leaves the reader with a clear understanding of your position.
6. Proofread your work carefully to ensure that it is error-free.
7. Ask a friend or tutor to read your work and give you feedback.
Table of Contents
- 1 How do I write a legal assignment?
- 2 How do you write an introduction to a law assignment?
- 3 How do you write a law assignment conclusion?
- 4 How do you structure a law essay?
- 5 What is assignment example?
- 6 What does assignment mean in law?
- 7 How do you write your first law essay?
How do I write a legal assignment?
When it comes to legal assignments, it is important to remember to always stay professional and to avoid any potential legal issues.
When writing a legal assignment, it is important to ensure that you cite your sources. This is to ensure that you are not plagiarising anyone else’s work. In addition, you should always make sure that you format your work in the correct manner.
It is also important to make sure that you proofread your work before submitting it. This will help to ensure that there are no errors in your work.
If you are unsure of how to format a legal assignment or if you need help citing your sources, there are many resources available online that can help you. The University of Leicester, for example, has a helpful guide on how to write a legal assignment.
In addition, there are many online forums and discussion boards where you can ask for help with your legal assignments.
If you take the time to follow these tips, you can be sure to submit a high-quality legal assignment that will impress your professor.
How do you write an introduction to a law assignment?
An introduction to a law assignment should typically include a brief explanation of the topic of the assignment, the question or question that is being asked, and why the question is important. It may also be helpful to provide some context for the reader, such as discussing how the law applies to the real world.
How do you write a law assignment conclusion?
A law assignment conclusion is a short paragraph that succinctly summarizes your main points and provides a brief conclusion. It should not introduce any new information and should be no more than a paragraph in length.
When writing a law assignment conclusion, be sure to:
– Summarize your main points
– Provide a brief conclusion
– Do not introduce any new information
How do you structure a law essay?
Law essays can be notoriously difficult to write, particularly if you are not used to writing in a formal academic style. However, by following a few simple guidelines, you can ensure that your essay is well-structured and easy to read.
The first step is to make sure that your essay has a clear introduction, body and conclusion. The introduction should introduce the topic of the essay and provide a brief overview of the main points that will be covered in the body. The body should then flesh out these points, providing evidence and arguments to support your position. The conclusion should then summarise the main points of the essay and highlight the implications of your argument.
In addition, it is important to ensure that your essay is well-organised and easy to follow. To do this, you should use headings and sub-headings to break up the text and make it easier to digest. You should also use clear and concise language, and avoid using complex terminology unless it is absolutely necessary.
By following these simple guidelines, you can ensure that your law essay is well-structured and easy to read.
What is assignment example?
An assignment is a task that is given to someone to complete. It is usually a requirement for a class or a project. An assignment example would be a math problem that is given to a student to complete.
What does assignment mean in law?
In the legal world, the word “assignment” has a few different meanings. Sometimes, it refers to the transfer of ownership of a particular piece of property. For example, if you sell your car to someone, you’ve assigning them the ownership of the car.
Assignment can also refer to the transfer of a legal right or obligation. For example, if you sign a contract to rent an apartment, and then you assign that contract to someone else, they become responsible for fulfilling the terms of the agreement.
Finally, assignment can also refer to the act of delegating a task or responsibility to someone else. For example, your boss might ask you to assign one of your employees to work on a new project.
In each of these cases, assignment means giving something or someone to someone else. It’s a way of transferring ownership, responsibilities, or rights.
How do you write your first law essay?
The task of writing a law essay can seem daunting, but with a little organisation and planning it can be a straightforward process.
The first step is to read the essay question carefully and make sure you understand it. Once you are clear on what is required, you can start planning your essay.
It is important to organise your thoughts before you start writing, so make a note of the main points you want to make. It can also be helpful to draft a skeleton of your essay, with each paragraph addressing a different point.
When writing your essay, make sure to use clear and concise language, and to avoid jargon. Make sure your argument is clear and easy to follow, and be sure to provide evidence to support your claims.
Finally, always check your work for spelling and grammar mistakes before submitting it.
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Law is defined as the science and art of justice. It is a discipline and profession developed by a government. Law is used to deal with certain crimes like; business, social relationships, property, finance, etc. These are the rules regulated or made by the legislature. For instance, alcohol is prohibited in the country, and on drinking it, a person has to go through the inquiries. In short, an individual is answerable to his bad deeds in society through law regulated by the state.
Moreover, the law has the same rules in a given state and can be different in the other states according to their customs and regulations. Students find it difficult to go through all the research on this assignment and try to neglect the importance of law in our society. Due to the increased proportion of crimes, it became important to talk about it.
How to write a law assignment?
Writing an assignment is a very essential academic skill. So, it is crucial to have knowledge and awareness about how to write a management Assignment. Thus, you make sure that you have enough time to research your assignment. You need to confirm that you can easily get to that level of satisfaction when you’ll write an assignment with full attention and focus in a fixed time.
Following are the steps that you must have to keep in your mind while writing your assignment.
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- Select the type of law which you are going to discuss in detail.
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Features of writing an assignment on law:
- You first need to analyze the task requirement in your assignment whether it is case notes or research essays.
- Try to research the particular topic, give possible pieces of evidence to the statements of law mentioned in your assignment.
- The assignment must have the characteristics of a model lawyer to make your essay look efficient and helpful.
- It must have all the facts and possible results of crimes in our society.
How to write a good law assignment?
While writing your law assignment, you need to know about the crimes, the rules in our state, and the best way to apply them to avoid errors. So, the best assignment will comprise of the facts and figures, and a strong thesis statement.
Following are the important points that you should keep in your mind while writing an effective assignment.
- You need to have a strong grip over the English language, grammar, structure, planning, and punctuation’s.
- The structure of ideas in your context should be orderly and methodical with each argument leading to the next.
- Using legal language in your writing is tricky and not wise sometimes. It is okay to use simple language to make it more useful.
- The arguments that you have mentioned must support the legal evidence in your assignment.
- The use of valid footnotes will also increase the quality of your assignment.
Law assignment consists of:
Law consists of various kinds that describe things in the best way to improve understanding.
- Imperative or positive law: It is a general rule regulated by an authority and enforced by a superior power. Students should discuss its details by complete research on the assignment.
- Scientific law: It is the expression of uniformity of nature. For instance, the law of motion and gravity. It requires scientific rules to explain its in-depth points for effectiveness.
- Moral law: It is also known as internal law or common law. It means natural right or wrong. Students must need to describe the right or wrong concept in this case.
- Conventional law: It is an agreement between two parties to regulate their conduct towards each other. Students should describe the type of agreement here.
- Customary law: These are rules of customs being followed by a large number of people in the past and will be in the future to bind themselves.
- Technical law: These rules are used to achieve uniformity of results in practical matters. Students need to look at these matters with evidence and conclusions.
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