Class Preparation: Briefing Cases

Why should I brief all of my cases?

  1. Briefing cases will help you prepare for class discussion.
  2. Briefing cases helps develop much-needed analytical skills. Written briefs will force you to extract important aspects from an opinion. These same skills are directly applicable to the law school exam process.
  3. Reducing your understanding of a case to a written brief forces you to crystallize your understanding.
  4. Briefs are useful in reviewing a group of related cases without having to rely on your memory (which is fallible) or having to re-read the cases, which is time consuming.
  5. You can use your case briefs and class notes to prepare your course outlines.
  6. Improved analytical skill directly improves exam performance.   

The task of case briefing is worth the added time and effort.

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