Case review

Assignment Instructions

Prepare a legal brief on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Santa Fe Independent School Dist. v. Doe, 530 U.S. 290 (2000) which is attached as a PDF document

The case brief will be graded on the rubric found in the student resources section under case brief. Please carefully review the rubric before you start the assignment.

By briefing a case, you are reading the entire court opinion then summarizing it into your own words so that the important information from the brief is easier to understand and remember.

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. In addition see the web resource section for this course and click on the folder marked “how to brief a case”.

*** Please review the materials in the Resources section of the classroom under the Case Brief folder. These will be useful to you because they instruct (“How to..”) students about the case briefing process, shows the relationship between the Opinion and the brief (Opinion and Model Case Brief), and then enables you to see the relationship between the case brief and the grading process (Rubric).