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Legal Writing for Students and New Lawyers: Writing Effective Memoranda of Law

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 1.5
90 minutes
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10 minutes
Neil Guthrie
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
100 minutes
$129.00 plus tax
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Students and new lawyers are frequently asked to write memoranda of law for lawyers and/or their clients The purpose is to answer one or more questions based on a specific set of facts. A memo thoroughly analyses the germane law and applies it to those facts. The ability to write an effective legal memorandum is an essential skill early in one’s legal career.

Anyone can write a memo. But writing an effective one is more challenging and presents an opportunity for you to excel and stand out. Learn how to improve your memo-writing skills in this hands-on program.

  • Drafting in plain language, including theory and practical application
  • Being sensitive to clients’ circumstances, special needs, and intellectual capacity (e.g., multi-cultural, language, gender, socioeconomic status, demeanour)
  • Practice management tips (timing, file-management, defensive practice, limitations of advice etc.)


Neil Guthrie Director, Professional Development, Research & Knowledge Management

Neil Guthrie is Director of Professional Development, Research and Knowledge Management at Aird & Berlis LLP. Neil teaches legal research and writing at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and in the LPP at Ryerson University. His writing tips appear regularly on and have been collected, revised and expanded in Guthrie’s Guide to Better Legal Writing (Irwin Law, 2017).

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