Structuring the Issues

Structuring the Issues

What the issues section needs to do, what level of detail you should include, and how to change client questions into issues.


Last time, we looked at structuring the facts section of your document. The next section that we’ll discuss, where you articulate the issues or questions presented, is a little trickier. Even so, because the work you do here lays the groundwork for the rest of your document, getting it right is one thing that separates a great legal writer from a mediocre one.

I. Introduction to Issue Statements

For both your clients and your supervisors, the issues section is a map that highlights your...