Prof. Robin A. Boyle
St. John’s University School of Law
LAW QUIZ ANSWERS FOR
Point Headings, Persuasive Writing, Adverse Cases, and Citations
A. Point Headings
1) A point heading is a statement of the legal conclusions the advocate is asking the court to adopt.
2) They are located within the body of the Argument and in the Table of Contents or the Index.
3) Point headings have two purposes: organization and advocacy.
4) It is preferable to move from general to specific headings.
5) Headings should be structured as:
a) Major headings—all capital letters, no underlining;
b) Subheadings—no capital letters, with underlining;
c) Lesser subheadings—no capital letters, no underlining.
6) What the headings should contain:
a) The major heading should concisely contain the issue being discussed (including the relevant legal rule), your position on this issue, and the basic reasons for that position.
b) When lesser headings are used, the larger heading should contain your issue and your position concerning the application of a particular legal rule. The lesser headings should provide the reasons for that position.
B. Ten tips for writing a persuasive brief are listed below:
1) You do the work, not the reader.
2) It is worth spending time to carefully craft the Question Presented, point headings, and subheadings.