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Unformatted text preview: MOCK COURT THE BRIEF I will not be a stickler for format. I don't care if it looks like a real lawyer's brief, and it certainly does not have to be a five paragraph essay. I care far more about content. The point of the brief is to make a compelling argument why the justices should side with you and your legal interpretations. Keep in mind that only the lawyers on the case will read the lower court's decision. So the justices (your classmates) will be relying on you for their information. So start your brief with an overview: the facts and the salient legal issues in question here. Then go into why these facts, when analyzed legalistically, relying on past precedents, prove that your argument is the correct view. Be persuasive. But the method of persuasion is the law, the constitution, and court precedents. Essentially, you are making four or five strong points, with references to precedents to back them up. Your brief will likely be 3-5 pages. This is not a heavy research project. The lower court's ruling will have the legal points and precedents. You may want to spell out some of these issues a little more in your brief....
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This note was uploaded on 09/10/2008 for the course GOV 101 taught by Professor Cooper during the Fall '08 term at University of Oregon.
- Fall '08