"What is a brief? Generally, it is a short summary of a position that you are taking... It includes the facts of your case, the relevant law, and how you want the court to apply the law to the facts. A brief is often called a 'Memorandum of Law.'"
- Janet S. Kole, A Brief Guide to Brief Writing: Demystifying the Memorandum of Law (p. 1)
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A Brief Guide to Brief Writing: Demystifying the Memorandum of Law
This book provides a general introduction to brief writing. Please consult Philadelphia Civil Rule 210 (see above) for specifics on writing a Memorandum of Law in the Philadelphia courts.
Legal Writing and Analysis in a Nutshell
Provides steps to develop clear, precise, and effective legal writing and analysis.
Also available as an eBook via West Academic Digital Library when visiting Jenkins.
The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation
This manual explains the correct ways to cite statutes, regulations, case law, and other resources.
PA Style: A Pennsylvania Stylebook and Citation Guide for Legal Writing
Information on how to cite to Pennsylvania statutes, cases, and more.
For more information, see Jenkins' Pennsylvania Appellate Law and Practice research guide.