INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL THINING AND WRITING PEER REVIEW FOR DOGBITE 2.0
AUTHOR: ________________________________ REVIEWER: ________________________________
HOW WELL DOES THE AUTHOR’S MEMO FULFILL THESE REQUIREMENTS?
–Phrased as a question –Identifies the law to be applied –Identifies the legal problem –Relates the material facts to the legal problem
–Answers the question presented –Explains reasoning for answer by summarizing the discussion
–Each paragraph starts with a topic sentence –Paragraphs are unified and coherent –Each statement of law is supported with a source (statute or case) –Applies the legal rules to the client’s facts –Discusses at least two cases –Uses rule-based reasoning
–Sums up the discussion –Suggests next steps