In general, it should not take you more than 20 minutes to brief a case after you have read it carefully. The brief should be no longer than two typed pages and should include the students name, the assignment, and the date at the top of the first page.
Every brief should contain the following elements:
Identification of Case
Citation (for possible later reference to complete official text): A judicial citation contains the volume number and page number of the reporter system in which the decision appears as well as the year in which the decision was issued.
Issues (no more than two or three issues per case in one line each: include “yes” or “no” answers after each): An issue is a disputed point or question of law on which a legal action is based. Issues are of two types, procedural and substantive.
a. Procedural: Involves specific disputed questions of law and these issue are the basis of an appeal to a higher court.
b. Substantive: involve broader questions of legal rights and principals, such as liberty and property interests.