From IPE: 5 Tips on Legal Writing
|5 Tips on Legal Writing
guest author: John Collen
|State your conclusion first then back it up.
Do not make someone read through pages to find out where you are going. The reader may get lost or bored, or both.
Example of a good beginning: “This memo summarizes the evidence in favor of defendant Jones showing he did not cause the accident.”
Example of a bad beginning: “Joe Jones was born in 1973 in Tulsa Oklahoma, and received his driver’s license in New Jersey in 1999 after his family moved there.”
In the bad example, we don’t know why these facts matter or where they are leading.
Reason completely and explicitly.
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