So I remember this time last year I was getting really frustrated with reading cases. How long it took, didn't understand the purpose, "well why can't they just tell me the rule". Any tips for the 1Ls?
My .2 to my own question: it gets easier as time goes on. But remember briefs should be brief. My first few briefs were PAGES long. Damn near longer than the case itself. What should be in the brief: parties (last names), court, date, page # in the casebook (just in case u want to go back to it but u prolly wont) rule of law, few facts to help u remember what the case was about. You may also want to "classify" the parties. Who is suing who? Not just "Hawkins v. McGee" but who were they? I remember one time I got called on and I started with my slang terms. I had written: "shady azz wife vs her dumbazz hubby" "Cui, what happened in this case" Well "shady a-, I mean the wife..."
But your briefs should be like "patient sues doctor..."
come up with ur own mini hypos with each case u read. "This is the rule but if the facts changed to XYZ, then would the rule be the same?"
read the note cases dont skip 'em, sometimes they clarify the big ones