Forms of Legal Writing

Forms of Legal Writing

Learn about the legal research process and how to approach a large-scale research problem.


Legal writing can take many different forms, including, but not limited to, written memoranda for internal law firm use, briefs to be filed with a court, client interview notes, and client letters. In this short tutorial, however, when we refer to “forms” of legal writing, we are talking about the two general types of legal writing one would find in a first-year legal writing course at a U.S. law school: objective legal writing and persuasive legal writing.

I. Objective Legal Writing