Brief Case

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First Case Brief Instructions

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Grading (listed are points possible)

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Must start with an overview of the facts (5 points)

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Then you must follow with the IRAC format

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Issue (10 points)

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Rule (Rule of law) (10 points)

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Analysis (How did the court weave the facts into the rule of law.  This is where your follow the court’s reasoning and apply the court’s reasoning to the rule of law) (20 points)

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Conclusion (5 points)

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I am not interested in your opinion as to what you believe the court is doing.  I am interested in your review of what the court did and how they tied the facts of the case into the rule of law; i.e. I am interested to see if you can follow the court’s reasoning and tie the reasoning into the facts for a proper Analysis.

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All papers must be typed

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Font must be 12 -13 pt.

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Double Space

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The case should be 3-4 pages

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Review handout on-line or Appendix A in the back of the book relating to briefing of cases to give you more ideas as to how someone briefs a case.  However you must follow the Facts, Issue, Rule, Analysis, and Conclusion format.

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Important Grading Points

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Is the appearance of the paper professional i.e. no spelling errors (no hair pins, paper clips, folded papers, or folded over edges)?

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Is your sentence structure correct?  Do your thoughts make sense?

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Did you follow the IRAC format?

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Did you spot the right issue?

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Did you quote the correct law?

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Does your analysis flow smoothly and does it follow the court’s reasoning?

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Are you filling the paper with lines of thoughtful concepts or random nonsense?

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