At some point in law school, you’ll be asked to draft a complex legal memo whether for a class, a clinic, a job, or an internship. This involves extensive research, digesting all the information, developing analysis, crafting arguments, and giving your recommendations. At the end, you will package all your work in a succinct but useful format for your professor, supervisor, or client.
Laying a solid foundation sets you up for success in a huge undertaking like this. Preparing an outline will help clarify your thinking and provide direction about the next steps in researching and writing. This consists of much more than brief bullet points; I envision a detailed outline that includes point headings, subheaders, key quotes, or takeaways from cases—or at the very least, placeholders for them. [Read more…] about How to Outline a Complex Legal Research Memo