BRIEF A CASE
This week you will write a formal legal brief. Make sure to double space your assignment.
Brief a case that is family-law related.
See the attached documents for instructions on how to brief a case, a sample brief, and the grading rubric.
Legal case names should be done in standard “Blue Book” format. Example:
York v. Smith, 65 U.S. 294 (1995). For further information see http://www.law.cornell.edu/citation and look under the “How to Cite” section. Bluebook citation information is also found in the course materials section.
Your brief should be no more than 2 pages in length.
Case briefs are used to highlight the key information contained within a case for use within the legal community as court cases can be quite lengthy.
When writing case briefs, all information must be properly cited. Make sure you are not copying and pasting from your source. Most of the material should be paraphrased; quotations should make up no more than 10% of the brief. Note: since the purpose to is highlight and summarize key information, merely copying and pasting from the case does not accomplish this goal. You must summarize the facts in your own words, using quotations sparingly.