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Structuring Law Essay

How to Structure a Law Essay for Desired Results

Essay writing has been an uphill task for students especially a law essay. Thus it necessitates the writer to find Influence for each query of law and matter of fact and has to make sure that your idea does not clash with other school of thought in order to avoid plagiarism.


The title must be precise and to the point that persuade audience to read your article which does not mislead the reader and help the user to remember your article.

Introduction of law essay

The pivotal factor which distinguish your essay from the crowd lies on the introductory paragraph of your law essay which more or less covers 10% of the entire length of your essay and must follows the below motioned instructions

  • The Introduction must be short in length and must compels the readers what you are going to say in your law essay
  • The argument must deal with legal aspect e.g., an unresolved matter, legal disagreement
  • A glimpse of descriptive (a claim about what the law is or was) and prescriptive (a suggestion about what should be done) claim

Backdrop or Synopsis of the Problem

This portion of your must highlights the problems you hunt to address, the outcomes of your writing and solution you suggest to overcome with the problem. You must elaborate all the legal aspects and realistic frameworks that is vital to understand your essay. And last but not the least Support your statement with legal facts with the authors who have already acknowledged the similar issues.

Argument Development

You need to dig deep into your argument in order to prove your point and have to find similar arguments that support your theory, the best practice for that is to divide your arguments in small paragraphs with use thematic sub-headings to grab reader’s attention which must clearly support your given theory and must keep a topic sentence for each body paragraph As the topic sentence plays a critical position in your paragraph, Must has to be deleted with utmost care.


This is the last and the most fundamental aspect of every law essay and has to fulfill such aspects:

  • Avoid Adding any new point in your conclusion
  • Sum up your theory with reference to the essay question mentioned in you essay
  • The conclusion must match the arguments or suggestions presented by you in your law essay
  • The concluded section must leave interesting last impression on the readers mind.

There are countless ways to stylistically complete an academic essay.  Here are some examples of how students have successfully done so, while maintaining proper academic structure.


A proper introduction should:

  • Introduce main arguments
  • Have an attention grabbing first sentence 
  • Provide concise information about broader significance of topic
  • Lead in to the body of the essay

Here are three examples of introduction paragraphs.  They have been re-written several times to illustrate the difference between excellent, good and poor answers. For a close reading of the examples, click the images below.


Example 1Example 2Example 3


The Body

The body of your essay should:

  • Address one idea per paragraph
  • Support arguments with scholarly references or evidence
  • Contextualise any case studies or examples 


  • Use correct punctuation and proofread your work
  • Keep writing impersonal (do not use 'I', 'we', 'me')
  • Be concise and simple 
  • Be confident ("The evidence suggests..." rather than "this could be because...")
  • Connect paragraphs so they flow and are logical
  • Introduce primary and secondary sources appropriately
  • Avoid using too many quotations or using quotes that are too long
  • Do not use contractions (you’re, they’d)
  • Do not use emotive language ("the horrific and extremely sad scene is evidence of...")

This example illustrates how to keep an essay succinct and focused, by taking the time to define the topic:

Defining a topic

The following paragraphs demonstrate how to engage with a variety of scholarly material including primary sources, scholarly theories and formal statistics:

Introducing sources

Lastly, this paragraph illustrates how to engage with opposing arguments and refute them:


A proper conclusion should:
  • Sum up arguments
  • Provide relevance to overall topic and unit themes
  • Not introduce new ideas 
Here are two examples of conclusion paragraphs which have been re-written several times to illustrate the difference between excellent, good and poor answers.

Example 1                                                           Example 2


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