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

16 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2008 Last revised: 24 Mar 2015

Orin S. Kerr

The George Washington University Law School

Abstract

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.

Keywords: case, law

JEL Classification: K1, K41

Suggested Citation

Kerr, Orin S., How to Read a Legal Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students. 11 The Green Bag 2d 51 (2007). ; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 414; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 414. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1160925

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