Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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Law360: Improve Analogies For Better Legal Briefs, Paper Says

Analogies are a critical writing device in legal briefs, given the reliance of the U.S. legal system on precedent, but most attorneys aren’t using them to their full potential, according to a paper posted online on Friday on improving the use of analogies in legal arguments.

Marquette University Law School Professor Jacob M. Carpenter argues in his paper titled “Persuading with Precedent: Understanding and Improving Analogies in Legal Argument” that a key skill to effective legal writing is being able to identify and explain relational similarities, or the underlying concept that connects two features.