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Legal Letters



  • Don't panic.
    • You will not find the "perfect" letter, you will have to tweak it.
  • Keep your audience in mind.
    • Layperson/Client v. Opposing Counsel v. Judge v. Supervisor
  • Keep your tone in mind.
    • Be professional, but not too nice or too mean.
  • Apply what you know to other types of letters.
    • Opinion Letter, Settlement Letters, Status Letters, Demand Letters, etc.

Other Useful Print Resources

The following resources have general information on legal writing and may also have sample letters.  To find additional resources, you can do a subject search in the library catalog for "legal composition".