Legal Claim Maps
At the request of my sister, I have been tinkering with simple diagram templates for law students, lawyers & clerks to structure their legal analysis, and anchor a writing they have to make, evaluating parties claims in light of the law.
My first go is a Legal Claim Map — just a simple table template. The idea is to force the user to boil down the complexities into the clearest possible points with each issue area. That seems to be a large part of the user’s struggle, to get through all the complexities, points, subpoints, factors, subfactors, and make it clear what the salient points are.
This map would offer such a prompt, through its constraints and structure. Surely there are plenty of good iterations to be done from this template as a start.
It would also be cool to see briefs or other analysis documents summarized in such a table. I know I would rather take in the information from this type of format, rather than a multipage text document. There may be a danger in simplification, but I can imagine this table as the cover guiding analysis, and then the text document comign afterwards as essentially an extended footnote section.
If you have any ideas — or have built something to use in your own legal writing, I’d love to hear about it!