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Model Case Brief Template and Sample:
Name of the case, (and year of the decision).
Who are the parties to the lawsuit, what is their dispute, and how did they get to the Supreme Court? In your own
words, only include the few important facts necessary to understand the case; e.g. the time of day a defendant was
arrested is usually not important, etc.
What is the basic legal question regarding what specific provision of law that is to be decided in the case?
What is the majority’s basic answer to the basic legal question in the case. Also include the vote count:
***Majority Opinion Reasoning:
What is the majority’s explanation why it reached its holding? You will want to create a summarized, condensed,
paraphrased outline of the court’s reasoning. The reasoning simply consists of two things: the RULE and the
APPLICATION (of the rule to the facts of the case):
A. Rule:
What rule of law is announced in the case?