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Photo of Bryan A. Garner by Terri Glanger Throughout your career as a lawyer, you'll be judged professionally on two main things: Although the requirements of writing assignments will vary depending on your organization, your supervisor and your clients, here are 10 pointers that will improve your work product.
When given an assignment, ask plenty of questions. Read the relevant documents and take good notes. Learn all you can about the client's situation.
If you're a junior asked to write a memo or a motion but you aren't told anything about the client's actual problem, ask what it is in some detail. You must be adequately briefed—and that's partly your responsibility.
There's almost no way to write a good research memo in the abstract. As you're reading cases and examining statutes, you'll be in a much better position to apply your findings if you know the relevant specifics.
Combine book research with computer research. Look at indexes, digests and treatises to round out your understanding of the subject matter. And when it comes to computer research, don't forget Google Books especially the advanced-search function: It can open up a great variety of fresh resources in addition to what you find with Westlaw or Lexis.
A common shortcoming of green or hurried researchers, especially when a project is slightly overdue, is to turn in an interim draft in the hope of getting preliminary feedback. That can be ruinous.
What busy supervisor wants to read serial drafts? Besides, you should never turn in tentative work—it's better to be a little late than wrong.
That goes for turning in projects to impatient clients as well. But keep your supervisor and, if warranted, your client updated on the status of your work. Whether you're writing a research memo, an opinion letter or a brief, you'll need an up-front summary.
That typically consists of three things:Duke Law School's first-year Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing Program evidences the Law School's strong commitment to writing and research excellence. The Program, supplemented by the Legal Writing Resources website, emphasizes the integration of legal analysis, writing, and research, and helps students to understand and consider the legal.
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Law school has taught every student that their legal knowledge must be displayed through a ponderous swathe of legal citations. This is false. In fact, ordinarily case citations are an annoying distraction from the content of the letter.