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
Identify the parties(e.g. who is suing who)
Is the case on appeal?
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?
Statutory or case law?
Are there more than one “rules oflaw” 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 ofthe court?
judges were involved in the decision?
Is there a “dissent”? (minority viewpoint).
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