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Legal Research Basics

Key books on legal writing skills


Types of Academic Legal Writings?

If you are wondering what is the different between a law research assignment, a problem question assignment or a case analysis assignment, you might like to look at Chapter 5 'Academic Legal Writing' of Nichola Corbett-Jarvis, Effective Legal Writing : A Practical Guide (LexisNexis, 3rd ed, 2020).


Need a short introduction to legal grammar?

If you want a quick overview of legal grammar, you will find Chapter 3 'Effective Legal Writing' in Michael Meehan and Graham Tullock, Grammar for Lawyers (LexisNexis, 3rd ed, 2013) useful. It is available as Reading 6 'Effective Legal Writing' in Daniel Goldsworthy & Michelle Bendall (eds), Research and Statutory Interpretation (LexisNexis, 2021).


Deakin Law School -  Writing a Case Analysis  guideline


Deakin Law School -  Memorandum of Advice guideline


Deakin University academic writing resources


Other  resources on legal writing skills

  • Monash University Law Library Legal Research and Writing Skills Guide
    This useful collection of guides provides information on writing legal essays, writing case notes and writing legal memos.
  • Survive Law How to Write a Case Note
    Survive Law is an Australian blog site of resources for law students
  • University of the Sunshine Coast Legal Research Skills
    This guide contains useful resources on writing and study skills as well as case note writing.

Victoria Law Foundation - Plain language resources


University of Manchester - Academic Phrasebank

The Academic Phrasebank produced by The University of Manchester is a useful generic guide on academic writing skills.  Sections include:

  • Introducing Work
  • Referring to Sources
  • Describing MethodsAcademic Phrasebank - University of Manchester
  • Reporting Results
  • Discussing Findings
  • Writing Conclusions