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HOW TO WRITE CASE BRIEF
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Distinctions
A.

A case brief is a dissection of a judicial opinion -- it contains a written
summary of the basic components of that decision.

B.

Persuasive briefs (trial and appellate) are the formal documents a
lawyer files with a court in support of his or her client’s position.

Functions of case briefing
A.

Case briefing helps you acquire the skills of case analysis and
legal reasoning. Briefing a case helps you understand it.

B.

Case briefing aids your memory. Briefs help you remember the cases you
read (1) for class discussion, (2) for end-of-semester review for final
examinations, and (3) for writing and analyzing legal problems.

Do not try to memorize case briefs. Learning law is a process of problem solving
through legal reasoning. Cases must be read in light of the series of cases with
which they appear in your casebook or on the class syllabus.
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Briefing a case: The steps

Although the exact form of your briefs may and can vary fr