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Good book for learning how to brief?

Good book for learning how to brief?
« on: February 25, 2005, 04:41:59 PM »
I'd really like to be familiar with briefing cases before starting law school. I've seen one or two examples, but does anyone know a book that specifically shows you how to brief cases (e.g. gives you actual cases and then gives you an example of how the case should look like as a brief)? Any recommendations for books about briefing would be much appreciated!

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Re: Good book for learning how to brief?
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2005, 04:51:24 PM »
Oh, I want to know also. A lot of the law school prep books talk about briefing, but don't show any examples.

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Re: Good book for learning how to brief?
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2005, 08:01:35 PM »
Yeah, I would like to know, too!

Re: Good book for learning how to brief?
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2005, 08:37:39 PM »
There is no standard for briefing....is there?

I thought that whatever works for you...it's just like taking notes for yourself to see.  no?


Re: Good book for learning how to brief?
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2005, 08:45:55 PM »
i don't know of any books, but this is what i did in the beginning of the fall semester.

Procedural History: how the case got to this point, lower court rulings
Substantive History/Facts: background info. on how the parties started the litigation
Plaintiff Argument:
Defendant Argument:
Rule(s) court applies:
Courts Answer/Rationale:
Ruling:

once u get the hang of picking out this info. u won't even brief anymore, just highlight in the text and make little notes in the margins. i haven't briefed since september. it takes waaaaay too much time. it really only helps when u get called on in class - when i outlined for finals, i re-read my notes from that class discussion and re-read the case.

Re: Good book for learning how to brief?
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2005, 09:18:29 PM »
I'll second what Bubba said...there really is no one way to brief, and I wouldn't recommend doing a whole lot beforehand to "learn" how to brief cases becuase you'll probably adapt your style as school progresses, do different things for different classes etc.  It's also true that almost nobody briefs cases after a little while. 

In short:  Don't worry about it.

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Re: Good book for learning how to brief?
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2005, 09:43:00 PM »
i've read through parts of John Delaney's Learning Legal Reasoning, and it does a good job of showing what makes for a good brief, among other things.