Effective Brief Writing

This course explores effective writing of: (1) Statements of Questions Involved, and (2) Statements of Facts. The following topics will be considered:

  • How to write a “Statement of Questions Involved” that compels the desired answer
  • Typical mistakes found in Statements of Facts, including witness-by-witness summaries and argument
  • How to write a chronology that accentuates key facts
  • The use of timelines and pictures to explain and to accentuate pertinent facts
  • The identification of conflicts to enhance the exposition of the facts

The instructor, with the occasional assistance of the class, will examine examples of good and bad legal writing and identify how and why each is or is not effective.

Jenkins Law Library, an accredited provider under the Pennsylvania CLE Board's Rules, will serve as the CLE provider for this course. The course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hour of CLE credit in substantive law, practice and procedure.

This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.0 hour of total CLE credit.