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Legal writing tips

Carry out in-depth legal research

Ensure that you convey your particular point in an analytical, as opposed to a merely descriptive manner and keep your point simple, instead of trying to raise many different points in order to achieve one thematic structure.

Start discussing the topic right from the start, but make sure that you still have interesting points to discuss when you reach your conclusion. You should also guide the reader through your work by making reference to what you are discussing throughout your work and employ headings.

Employ a structure, which ensures that you can carry out a thorough analysis, for example, start with an introduction, then explain the background and any relevant facts and then set out court decisions. Subsequently, assess the consequences and reach a conclusion.

Deal with different parts in separate sections and discuss each part in an organized manner. Stick to a few arguments and discuss the most important aspects, as opposed to mixing them all up and creating an incoherent argument, thereby ensuring that it is easy for the reader to understand what you are discussing.

Make law simple by avoiding using long and complex sentences structures and be as specific as possible. In case your explain something abstract, try and use an example to illustrate your point.
Write in a tone, which is measured and neutral, as if you are explaining the topic to a lecturer or judge, who has not yet decided which view to take and deal with all possible objections in a non-defensive manner. Ensure that you do not adopt a colloquial or emotional tone. Remain neutral and consider different aspects and perspectives.

As law books usually provide a lot of material about any given topic, it is important to discuss the relevant parts and to leave out redundant information and to avoid repetition.