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HOW TO BRIEF A CASE OR-WHY DIDNT I CHOOSE TO GO TO MEDICAL SCHOOL By Dana L Blatt Esq You are just about to start law school You buy all of your required casebooks they are about two feet thick-only slightly intimidating and you receive your first assignment You are simply told read the first 100 pages in each book and BRIEF all of the cases OK you know how to read hopefully but what does it mean to brief a case You have heard of briefcases but that is something that you carry around The last time you sang at a karaoke bar someone may have asked you to be brief but instinctively you know that that is not the kind of brief that is being discussed here And you may even be wearing briefs But what is a brief of a case For that matter what is a case The purpose of this article is to teach exactly what briefs are why they are important and how to draft them You will learn most of the various ways to brief a case the basic elements of each brief and how briefs are used in various contexts Additionally you will read sample cases and briefs of those cases in every format By the time you finish reading this you will be so sick of briefs that you will wish this writing were much briefer So now lets get down to business What is a case A case starts out as a lawsuit between two or more people The parties to the lawsuit have a trial and one party wins while the other loses or possibly there is no trial but one of the parties wins because of a decision based on legal procedure Next the party who lost the case gets angry and bitter So he or she decides to file an appeal An appeal
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