Saturday, August 27, 2016
This is a new article by Professors Lawrence J. Trautman (Western Carolina), Cathy L. Taylor (Georgia) and Janet Ford (Western Carolina) entitled Irac! Irac! Irac!: How to Brief a Supreme Court Opinion which is intended to be a relatively short (18 pages) primer for busy law students. The article is available here on SSRN and here's the abstract:
The purpose of this short essay is to provide introductory guidance to busy students of constitutional law about how to go about briefing a Supreme Court opinion. Others have stated that the most difficult thing about the study of law “is learning how to read cases and statutes and finding a way to organize the materials into a workable format.” Our goal is to convey these basic analytical and briefing concepts in a format readable within 20 minutes of diligent effort. Ample additional resources are presented in our footnotes for those desiring a more robust discussion.