Monday, September 11, 2006

The memo: formal parts

The traditional parts of a memo
In traditional legal memos, the text is usually divided into these formal parts:
    Issue Presented (or Question Presented or just Issue or Question)
    Short Answer (or Brief Answer)
All these parts serve key functions and will be discussed in detail later. But the parts and their order vary. I have my students use the Conclusion to replace the Short Answer. When I practiced law, the firm preferred to have the Facts first. Use the preferences of your employer.

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