GBL_395_-_How_to_Brief_a_Case - HOWTOBRIEFACASE...

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HOW TO “BRIEF” A CASE GBL 395 – Michigan State University Professor Heidi Bulich For many of you, there will be numerous times when your boss or client asks you about a “recent court  decision”.  When this happens, it would not be a good idea to say “I don’t know. Go ask the lawyers.” All  business people are expected to understand how the law impacts business.  Good business people keep on  top of legal developments, take advantage of shifts in legal thinking and the regulatory environment and  can tell their bosses and/or clients just how a particular decision impacts their business.   I have put together a simple template to help you as you begin looking at cases.  This template will guide  you as you “brief” cases.  A brief is simply a way of analyzing and organizing a court’s opinion.  You will  learn that you need to read a court decision differently from other text.  In order to understand the court’s  reasoning, it is helpful to break an opinion down into certain key components.
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '11 term at Michigan State University.

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