Legal Sentence Starters

Language in legal memos and briefs is certainly varied. But, if one looks closely, it isn't difficult to notice that there are some routinely used phrases or sentence starters that appear throughout the text. Below,  are a few such starters:

In Rule Section:




Under Missouri law…
 
Missouri law defines…

As stated in…

In Explanation Paragraphs:



In Case 1, the court held X because Y.

There, the court was faced with the issue/question of…

In that case…

In Case 1, the court looked at…

The court noted that…

The court reasoned…

According to the court’s rationale…

In light of the facts, the court reasoned…

The court found…

       •The court pointed to…

The court questioned…



In Application Paragraphs:



Here, the present court will look at X to determine Y.

Like X, where Y occurred, here,…

      significantly different/similar…


In comparison…

Considering the fact pattern of x, here…

Contrary to X, where Z occurred, here…

A court would find it significant that…

Based on our facts, a court would likely…

The court would consider it important that…

A court is likely to consider…

While X, a court would likely still reason…

The court would reason although x, z.

In the instant case…
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