Requirements for Briefs A brief is like a book report. When you brief an argumen

Requirements for Briefs
A brief is like a book report. When you brief an argument, you tell me about the argument — you are not writing an argument. A brief is not an argument; an argument is not a brief.
A brief is the dissection of an argument. ANY ARGUMENT, not just legal arguments, CAN BE BRIEFED. In this class, you will brief two types of arguments:
1. Legal arguments written by a person who is not a judge and
2. Cases — a case is, by definition, a legal argument written by a judge and published by the government in its collection of judicial opinions. Other names for cases are: opinions or judge-made law or common law. I will try to use ONLY the word “case”.
When writing a brief you do NOT determine what rule to use. Therefore, do NOT give me your opinion on anything. ALL YOU ARE DOING IS REPORTING WHAT THE AUTHOR OF THE ARGUMENT WROTE.
The brief ALWAYS reflects the opinions and premises of the person writing the argument – never yours!!!!!!!
Below are the specific sections a brief includes:
Name of case and citation:
Facts:
Issue:
Rules:
Analysis:
Conclusion:
Footnotes
Memo format.
• Be about 750 words minimum (which is approximately 3 double-spaced pages)
• Use 12-pt font with 1” margins.

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