When I was new to the legal field, I worked for an attorney who had a little cartoon he kept on his desk. Briefing, he explained to me, was the single most important skill an attorney needed to master to represent their clients effectively. Persuasive briefing includes identifying the issues in a case, citing to proper authority, and crafting a legal argument. An excellent legal brief can put a judge on your side of an issue before you ever step foot in a courtroom.
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Skip to content. A concise and persuasive brief makes a lasting first impression on the court, which can be advantageous throughout the course of the case. It has also become increasingly common for courts to decide cases without oral arguments, so the brief is often the be-all and end-all. Below are a few tips to make sure the first impression, and maybe only impression, is a great one. Use Your Resources Reviewing briefs with similar legal or factual issues is a great way to get ideas on how to frame the issues and where to target further legal research.
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The field of law is vast — from criminal to business affairs. From learning about laws from the political science and sociology perspective to finally implementing them in real life scenarios, the field of law is not just exciting, but can get overwhelming as well. Because of the tedious assignments that students must do in order to prepare themselves for the career path in law. Of course, this does not make your passion for law any less than imagined. It is just that writing a legal case brief can be boring for some.
Last Updated: March 29, References Approved. This article was co-authored by Clinton M. Sandvick, JD, PhD.