Reading and Briefing a Legal Case
• Identify the name of the case.
• Identify the court and date of the case
Reading the Case
Read and re-read the case
Identify the parties(e.g. who is suing who)
Is the case on appeal?
Read, reread, and summarize the facts of the case into one to two paragraphs.
Identify the Issues
What is the issue in the case?
Are there more than one issue involved in the case?
Rule of Law
Statutory or case law?
Are there more than one “rules of law” involved in the case?
How did the judges apply the statutory or case law?
Did the application make sense?
Conclusion or Decision
What was the decision of the court?
How many judges were involved in the decision?
Is there a “dissent”? (minority viewpoint).
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