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Internal Memos

Internal Memos

Learn to craft internal memos, also known as partner memos or state-of-the-law memos, to impress your superiors, serve your clients well, and advance your career.


Welcome to Internal Memos! As we’ve learned, objective writing doesn’t seek to persuade, as a brief would. Rather, objective writing seeks to explain how the law, as it really is, applies to the facts, as they really are. An internal memorandum, also known as a research memo or partner memo, is a specific form of objective writing.

At a high level, an internal memo does three things. First, it describes the different ways a court or government agency could rule on a discrete legal question,...