There are various types of legal briefs, or motions. However, there is a basic format for most legal briefs. They include an introductory section, where you briefly state the type of brief or motion you are presenting. This is followed by a facts section, where you outline the pertinent facts and the issues being addressed in the brief. Then there is the argument section, which sets forth the applicable law (meaning, the statutes and case law which apply to the situation at hand), which must be researched ahead of time. The argument section also applies the pertinent facts to the law and argues the position being presented. Finally, there is a conclusion section, where you restate the main argument and why a ruling should be in your favor.