Research Strategies and Case Briefings
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This question pack looks at what it takes to build a comprehensive case briefing and successful research strategies.
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A comprehensive brief of a case includes all of the following EXCEPT:
title and citation of the case.
the facts of the case.
an analysis of the facts and law in the case.
an opinion of how the case should have been decided.
If you want to research a particular subject, such as capital punishment, a good way to start is by using the:
descriptive word method.
words and phrases method.
In a brief, the ______________ is the chain of argument which led the judges in either the majority or minority to decide the way they did.
In the citation “Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1952),” “U.S.” means the case:
is reported in the “United States Reports” series of reporters.
originated in a United States District Court.
is reported in the “U.S. Supreme Court Reports” series of reporters.
is reported in the “Lawyers Edition, U.S. Supreme Court Reports” series of reporters.
The purpose of legal citation is to:
make it easy for lay readers to locate and use legal resources for any legal issues they need to address.
provide as much information and detail as possible about a referenced work.
provide brief, effective, and precise information to professionals who read legal documents.
None of these answers
The Westlaw Digest System easily facilitates the discovery of cases and secondary sources published by West because it employs a universal system of ______________ for all jurisdictions covered by West.
topics and key numbers
terms and connectors
legal issues and queries
subjects and sub‑topics
The ______________ website has an easy‑to‑navigate free U.S. Supreme Court and Appellate Court search page.
Legal Information Institute (LII)
United States Government Printing Office
NOLO Press Legal Encyclopedia
When researching federal statutes, you locate a record of the public and permanent laws of the United States by consulting:
United States Statutes at Large.
United States Code.
United States Code Congressional and Administrative News.
United States Code Service Advance.
Which of the following statements best describes the Restatement (Second) of Contracts?
It is authoritative.
It is often consulted by judges for guidance.
It contains actual judicial precedents.
None of these answers
______________ is a source that is organized by topic and includes very short summaries of points of law found in a case.
A law review
______________ is a system where all the legal rules are in one or more comprehensive code of legislative enactments.
The American Code
The English Code
______________, a citation manual created by the editors of four law journals, governs the citation practices of the majority of U.S. student‑edited law journals and has shaped the citation education and citation habits of most U.S. lawyers.
“The University of Chicago Manual of Legal Citation”
The “ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation”
West’s “National Reporter System”
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