How to read a court opinion

I hear the pitter-patter outside my office; it’s that time of the year again.  And here’s a classic for new law students:

How to Read a Legal Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students

The GREEN BAG, An Entertaining Journal of Law, Vol 11, No. 1, p. 51, Autumn 2007
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 414
GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 414

ORIN S. KERR, George Washington University – Law School

“This essay is designed to help new law students prepare for the first few weeks of class. It explains what judicial opinions are, how they are structured, and what law students should look for when reading them.”


Source:  LSN: George Washington University Law School, Public Law & Legal Theory Vol. 10 No. 4,  08/15/2008

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