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Legal Writing Resources

This guide contains all of the ASC's legal writing resources.

Client Letter Format

Top of Letter

Name of Firm or Attorney

Attorney(s) at Law


City, State Zip

Office Number




Client’s Name

Client’s Business, if applicable


City, State Zip

Body of Letter

Opening Salutation:

Here, provide an introduction and a brief recitation of the facts of the case. Then state what conclusion was reached after researching the issue, and state that a detailed explanation of how the conclusion was reached will follow in the coming paragraphs.

In this paragraph, go over in detail the facts of the case.  Make sure to state all relevant facts germane to the issue.  Take as many paragraphs as needed to flesh out and state the facts thoroughly. These facts will be used to formulate the legal analysis paragraphs in this letter.

This paragraph serves to discuss the applicable rule of law.  Make sure to state what law is relevant to the facts. However, do not use excessive legal jargon or formal case names.  For example, it is appropriate to state that a client who has been terminated from employment and wishes to sue their former employer was employed in an “at-will” state, as opposed to citing jurisdictional case law.  Again, take as many paragraphs as needed to thoroughly analyze the facts with the law that is being referenced.

If it has been determined that there is an alternative outcome based on the facts and research, state them in this paragraph.  Often clients want options with regards to legal recourse, and the letter should provide them, if applicable.

Finally, succinctly restate the conclusion that has been reached and the recommended next course of action. Additionally, provide contact information and offer to meet the client in person to discuss further, should they decide to move forward.

Closing Salutation,

Attorney Name, Esq.

Email Address