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How to write brief case
Briefs
These can be extensive or short, depending on the depth of analysis required
and the demands of the instructor. A comprehensive brief includes the following
elements:
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Title and Citation
Facts of the Case
Issues
Decisions (Holdings)
Reasoning (Rationale)
Separate Opinions
Analysis

1. Title and Citation

The title of the case shows who is opposing whom. The name of the person who
initiated legal action in that particular court will always appear first. Since the
losers often appeal to a higher court, this can get confusing. The first section of
this guide shows you how to identify the players without a scorecard.
The citation tells how to locate the reporter of the case in the appropriate case
reporter. If you know only the title of the case, the citation to it can be found
using the case digest covering that court, or one of the computer-assisted legal
research tools (Westlaw or LEXIS-NEXIS).

2. Facts of the Case
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