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Tips on how to study while reading case law
« on: April 30, 2002, 12:56:38 PM »
Need help best way to study case law.

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Re: Tips on how to study while reading case law
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2002, 01:03:57 PM »
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Re: Tips on how to study while reading case law
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2002, 04:14:59 AM »
I need help....how do i study while reading case. Thank you.

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Re: Tips on how to study while reading case law
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2002, 11:36:06 AM »
I am not in law school yet, but I am a legal studies major at
U of Houston. iI found the best way to study my cases is by briefing each case. I am a beief template and all i have to do is fill in the blanks. it is so easy now. good luck.

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Re: Tips on how to study while reading case law
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2002, 12:57:26 PM »
Most people "brief" cases as Devin suggests.  Make a template with the essentials:

Case name and cite
Facts
Issue
Decision
Holding
Rationale

This is the way I learned it.  You can change things around to make it more intuitive (I never understood why Decision was in between Issue and Holding, but I got used to it and now I just do it that way.)  The important thing is to look for the holding and rationale.  Why did the casebook editors include this case?  What does this case add to the cases you've read before?

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Re: Tips on how to study while reading case law
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2004, 10:56:03 AM »
What do you both mean by template?  Is that something you create in MS Word and then literally "fill in the blanks" when you do each case? That sounds easy as pie.

At exam time, assuming you can have notes, with these templates printed out, wouldn't it be then easy to flip through the 100s of cases to find cases to put in your exam to help your response?

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Re: Tips on how to study while reading case law
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2004, 12:38:17 PM »
1. Read through the case once, underline things you find important (facts, law, reasoning, holding)

2. A few days later, brief the case. Type or write it into paper format using the same headers as above: facts, law, reasoning, holding. But this time, cut out what you clearly don't need. Try to keep the brief to one page. During this phase, you will begin to understand it on a deeper level.

3. On the day of class, review your briefs before you go to class. Review it so that you could recite it if asked. During this phase, you are trying to understand the case on an even deeper level and trying to figure out why it is important for the section of class that you are studying (ex: why is this case important for Torts: Intentional Torts).

In class, use your brief, but have your book handy for reference. If you color-code when you highlighted/underline during the first time you read it, you should be able to find anything that is important quickly during class.

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Re: Tips on how to study while reading case law
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2004, 11:15:22 AM »
LawGirl,
you rock! thanks so much for your input on this discuasion and the one about outlining.

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Re: Tips on how to study while reading case law
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2004, 05:14:18 PM »
What is the difference in format between an outline and a brief.  Once something is entered in an outline, will I use the briefs again on the exams?  Thanks

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Re: Tips on how to study while reading case law
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2004, 11:53:34 AM »
Good question.  Isn't an outline the same thing as a brief?