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Case Brief – Assignment One
The ability to analyze a legal opinion and to summarize the essential information into a case brief is an essential component of legal education and training. This assignment will introduce you to the required elements of a case brief. A detailed explanation of the purpose and format of a case brief is provided in Chapter One of the course textbook.
Directions: For this assignment, you will prepare a case brief for Kahler v. Kansas, 589 U.S. __ (2020).
The required sections of the case brief are as follows:
A. Case brief. Use the format requirements detailed below:
1. Title and citation
2. Facts of the case:
a. Procedural Facts
b. Substantive Facts
4. Holding (the final decision)
a. Substantive Holding
b. Procedural Holding
5. Rationale (the reasoning of the judges when ruling on the case.)
B. Your judgment. If you were the judge or a juror in this case, would you have agreed with the outcome? If yes, explain why; if no, explain why.
Paper must be double spaced, 11 or 12 pt font and 1”margins all around.
All APA 7th edition format requirements must be followed (cover page, in text citations, reference page).
You must have resources to support your thoughts/opinions/information. These must be cited both in text as well as at the end of the document. Your paper should not contain direct quotes, sourced material must be paraphrased.
Student had correct title and citation of case
Student discussed all of the procedural facts
Student discussed all of the substantive facts
Student identified the key issues of the case and articulated them in a way that displays command of the case content
Student accurately discussed the substantive and procedural holdings.
Student provided the rationale for the decision in the case
Student presented their judgment in the case in a way that displays superb critical thinking and integration of the case
Points Available: 18-20
Student used APA 7th edition format
Student used a minimum of three (3) resources to support their judgment
Points Available: 9-10
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