What Are Some Basic Templates for Writing a Legal Memorandum?


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A standard template for a legal memorandum includes a heading or caption, the question being presented and a brief answer. The memorandum should include relevant facts, a discussion of the facts and a conclusion.

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The first page of a legal memorandum begins with a large heading that typically reads "Memorandum" and four lines including "to" with the name of the person the memo is being sent to, "from" which includes the writer's name, the date and a "re" line that provides a short description of the subject matter of the memorandum.

The subject of the memo should address the key question being asked, such as how law applies to a particular problem. The question serves as the primary issue within a case brief and should outline the objectives explored within the memorandum.

The brief answer portion of the memorandum fully respond to the question posed within the memorandum and should provide the writer's conclusion or answer to the question. The writer of the memorandum should summarize how the law applies to the question and relates to the facts. This section does not typically include citations.

The fact section of the memorandum offers citations, claims and relevant laws that support the conclusion or answer to the question Background facts and cases should be cited. The discussion portion of the memorandum is the heart of the document and illustrates how legal principles apply to the relevant facts. The discussion should refute any counterarguments that exist.

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