Assignment: Interoffice Memorandum of Law
Write an interoffice memorandum of law on a case of
your choice. The case must NOT yet have been tried.
Use the following scenario as a context for your writing:
You are an intern in a law office when one of the parties
involved in the case (the one you have selected for the assignment) comes in seeking your firm's advice. You are assigned
to research the issue, examining it from all of the relevant angles, and
to report your findings to me, your supervisor, in the form of a memorandum so that the firm can
decide how to proceed.
This assignment should require a minimum of 1500 words.
The case you choose will also be the case you research for your annotated bibliography, so choose a case that interests you and one that does not present any special research problems. I would advise against cases in international law, for example. Also Constitutional law cases are often complex as it is the law itself which is on trail as much as the defendant.
As per your readings in the text, remember that you are NOT to take sides or show any bias towards one side of the case or the other.... until you make your recommendations at the end of the Memo. You job is to identify the strenghts and weaknesses of both sides so as to thoroughly analyize the case and thereby make an accurate prediction as to the chances of your potential client prevailing in court.
This assignment is conjoined with the Annotated Bibliography assignment. When you have completed your research for the Annotated Bibliography you will then return to the Memo and make revisions based on what more you have learned about your case in your research. The passages in your Memo reflecting these revisions must be referenced to the source and highlighted indicating to me that you have concretely benefited from the library research. No credit will be given for your Memo unless you have completed this final step to my satisfaction.