Reading and Briefing a Legal Case

Identify the name ofthe case.

Identify the court and date ofthe case

Reading the Case

Read and re-read

the case

Identify the parties(e.g. who is suing who)

Is the case on appeal?

Facts

Read, reread, and summarize the facts ofthe 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?

Precedent?

Are there more than one “rules oflaw” involved in the case?
Application

How did the judges

apply the statutory or case law?

Did the application make sense?

Conclusion or Decision

What was the decision ofthe court?

How many

judges were involved in the decision?

Is there a “dissent”? (minority viewpoint).
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