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Strategies for Success with Legal Research  

Steps for conducting efficient and effective legal research
Last Updated: Jun 30, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates


Analyze and state the issues of your case.

  • It is imperative that you accurately formulate the issue[s] to be resolved.
  • Realize there may be multiple issues and sub-issues.
  • Distinguish the facts from the issues.
  • It may initially be difficult to identify the issue(s) in what the client wants you to do.
  • However, there are some resources that can help you identify potential issues.

CALI lesson that deals with issue spotting

Click on the link for a lesson about a new method for formulating legal issues. This site is passworded for access by USD law school students and faculty.

Issue Statements for Memos and Briefs

This CALI lesson introduces a modern approach to writing issue statements for traditional memos and briefs. The lesson steers users away from single-sentence issue statements. It bases much of its approach on the syllogism.



Books that help with issue spotting in cases

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Deconstructing Legal Analysis - Peter T. Wendel
Call Number: LRC Reserve KF283 .W46 2009
ISBN: 0735584753
Publication Date: 2009-09-30

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Writing and Analysis in the Law - Helene S. Shapo; Marilyn Walter
Call Number: LRC Reading Room - KF250 .S53 2008
ISBN: 9781599414249
Publication Date: 2008-03-14


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