Putting it All Together
A Sample Research Problem and Memorandum of Law
Instruction on how to write a memorandum of law for a hypothetical research problem, plus a sample research memo.
Ted Tjaden, LLB, MISt, LLM, is a Canadian lawyer and law librarian called to the bar in British Columbia (1987) and Ontario (1996). He has practised law in a variety of circumstances, including as a commercial litigator, in-house counsel to Seiko Epson Corporation in Japan, and a research lawyer. In addition, his work at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, as a law librarian and adjunct professor, included teaching legal research at the Faculty in addition to teaching law librarianship at the Faculty of Information. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University, and both a Master of Information Studies and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Toronto. Ted is also the author of The Law of Independent Legal Advice (2d ed, 2013). In 2010, he was awarded the Denis Marshall Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Librarianship by the Canadian Association of Law Libraries and in 2008, Canadian Lawyer described him as a “luminary” of the Canadian blogosphere. Ted maintains a free companion website to this book (www.legalresearchandwriting.ca). In addition, as a hobby, he has created and maintains a different website called “Classic Ragtime Piano” (www.ragtimepiano.ca), where he makes available (for free) his research on ragtime piano, along with access to thousands of pieces of pre-1923 public domain, digital copies of ragtime piano sheet music.