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briefing a case

briefing a case
« on: July 13, 2006, 08:32:14 PM »
can someone explain this?  i've read that people brief cases prior to 1L year to get some experience.  i would definitely appreciate some information on how to brief a case.

Re: briefing a case
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2006, 09:02:06 PM »
summarize


Re: briefing a case
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2006, 05:56:35 PM »
Tag good simple article!

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Re: briefing a case
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2006, 07:57:32 PM »
There is no right or wrong way to brief a case. During your first classes, you should have lots of content in your brief b/c you don't know what the profs are looking for (if you can remember all the specifics in the case, then brief what you need). For example, in Civ Pro you will almost always need to know how the case got into what court (since this what civ pro is all about). Some profs LOVE facts, others want you to be well versed in all dissents and concurrences (especially con law). Eventually the briefs will get shorter, with info that is actually useful.

Re: briefing a case
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2006, 10:43:34 PM »
You'll be taught what's what in legal research and writing. Don't sweat it if you don't know how when school starts.

Re: briefing a case
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2006, 07:00:31 AM »
The important thing that you're learning with briefing is how to read a case, not how to format the brief. A brief is a place to summarize the rules, facts, procedural posture, etc. Briefing is an exercise of picking out that stuff and having it handy for study or if called upon.

Re: briefing a case
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2006, 08:10:11 AM »
The important thing that you're learning with briefing is how to read a case, not how to format the brief. A brief is a place to summarize the rules, facts, procedural posture, etc. Briefing is an exercise of picking out that stuff and having it handy for study or if called upon.

This is completely correct and what you really need to know.  If you take a trip over to the students' board right now, you'll see all these new 1L's pulling their hair out over writing the perfect brief so that they can please their friend who wrote Law School Confidential.  The problem is, that guy isn't going to be handing them any grades at the end of the semester.