Due to winter weather conditions, the University will open today at 10 a.m. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m.
The track I am on in my major is constitutional politics. Most of the reading is cases that have been decided by the Supreme Court and essays written by the founding fathers explaining the fundamental rights that are guaranteed by the United States Constitution. These arguments are found in the Federalist Papers. To understand all of the arguments of the Supreme Court judges, you have to have some understanding of the Federalist Papers. The older cases are written in legalese that is often difficult to understand; therefore there is a format for reading these cases.
Every case presented by the Supreme Court has certain outlined sections. These are:
All the other sections shown in the brief below have to be pulled out of the text.
Brief writing is a way to wade through the dicta (extra opinions that have nothing to do with the decision of the court) and find the argument of the court. This will also help in class when you are
The briefs will also be a great studying tool when it comes to exams because you would have already has the constitutional issue and its impact when you are arguing a case.
Sample heading and outline brief:
Title of Case, its number and year
Knowles v. Iowa
525 U.S. 113 (1998)