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Legal Briefs

How to Write a Student Legal Brief


There are many templates and formats available on the Internet for writing legal briefs but they usually share a common set of elements:


1. Title and Citation

2. Facts of the Case

3. Issues

4. Decisions (Holdings)

5. Reasoning (Rationale)

6. Separate Opinions

7. Analysis

If you instructor provides an example or template to follow, use it.  For a good general guide you can follow this example from The John Jay College of Criminal Justice.