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Get Your Facts Straight
In order to brief, you’ll need to have a good understanding of the facts. Thomson Reuters Westlaw™ has tools like PeopleMap and Company Investigator to help you find all the relevant facts surrounding your case. Even if your firm has already collected all the relevant information, you may be called upon to wade through a massive amount of information and distill it down to key points. Fortunately, Thomson Reuters has a tool to help you organize this information: Case Notebook™ is centrally accessible and searchable litigation case management software that helps you organize, analyze, and share essential case information.
Know Your Legal Issues
After you’ve got your facts down, you’ll want to think through and organize the legal issues in your case. It may be helpful to compile a full list of the questions you want to answer to help you focus and economize your research time. Of course, if you’re working on an area of law that’s new to you, you might need to do some research just to familiarize yourself with the relevant legal questions. Practical Law™ on Westlaw® is the perfect resource for that. Practical Law’s Practice Notes are straightforward how-to guides and clear explanations of current law and practice, ranging from basic overviews to detailed analysis for specialists. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can become fluent in a new legal issue when you have Practical Law as a resource in your arsenal.
Perform Your Legal Research
Once you’ve identified the key legal issues in your case, you’re ready to start reviewing and analyzing the state of the law. Westlaw gives you access to thousands of resources, both primary and secondary, and provides you with the tools you need to navigate your legal research efficiently:
With these tools at your disposal, you’ll be ready to start writing your brief in no time!
Here are step-by-step instructions on How to Write a Legal Brief.