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Case Brief

Case Brief

You have no doubt seen the ways in which the Supreme Court made decisions that brought about significant change for the entire country. It is also true that the Supreme Court makes decisions that affect public administration and public policy.

For this assignment, you will focus on how case law both guides and affects public policy.

Begin by researching a Supreme Court case of interest to you and pertaining to an oral argument. The Oral Argument 2.0: October 2019 TermLinks to an external site. website offers a list of recent cases you might want to consider.

Then, using your chosen case, write a case brief. Consult the Briefing CasesLinks to an external site. website for further explanation of what a case brief is and what the steps are to writing one. You should also review How to Write a Case Brief [PDF] and take a look at the following example case briefs:

Your case brief should be 2–3 pages and include the following:

  1. Provide a caption identifying your case and brief.
  2. Identify the facts of the case.
  3. State the procedural history of the case.
  4. Identify the issue in question.
  5. State the holdings in your own words.
  6. Describe the court’s rationale for each holding.
  7. Explain the final disposition.
  8. Include other opinions.

This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards (SWS). The library is your home for SWS assistance, including citations and formatting. Please refer to the Library site for all support. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:

  • Determine how case law guides and affects public administration and public policy.