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  • 1. Srilakshmi Attorney Structuring Legal Opinion
  • 2. Legal Opinion
    • A legal opinion is a written legal advice on a point of law issued by an Attorney or Advocate or statement by an attorney with regard to what is legal.
  • 3. Writing Legal Opinion is An Art, not a Science
    • There are no rules (except spelling and grammar)
    • Plain language is an approach, not a doctrine
    • Goal is effective communication
    • Suggestions based on experience and research
  • 4. Before You Write Anything
    • Know what you want to accomplish
    • Know what you want to say
    • Know how to organize
    • Know the substance and style
    • Know how to conclude
  • 5. Legal Opinion Principles
    • Opinions provided are expressions of professional judgment regarding legal matters addressed.
    • An opinion should not read to cover the substance or effect of the law of other jurisdictions or other statues or regulations.
  • 6. Crux of the Opinion
    • Decide what’s important
    • Level of detail
    • State the essential facts
    • Define the dispositive issue and state the governing principle
    • Provide the answer with reasoning
  • 7. Basis of Opinion
    • “ IRAC”
    • Issue, Rule, Analysis, Conclusion
  • 8. IRAC
    • Issue: The legal question/issues the Client is asked to solve.
    • Rule: The general legal rules governing the issue
    • Analysis: Explains how the legal rules apply to the facts of the issue raised by the Client
    • Conclusion: Opinion on each issue presented
  • 9. Structure of the Opinion
    • Title and Heading
    • Introduction
    • Brief summary of Clients Requirement
    • Facts/Background
    • Issues/Analysis
    • Legal Reasoning
    • Conclusion
  • 10. Conclusion
    • Legal Opinion – tangible expression of thinking on the subject matter
    • Good Opinions –
      • Aids in effective advocacy
      • Establishes credibility
      • Effectively communicates the subject knowledge of the Attorney
  • 11. Thank You