Understanding and Using Legal Rules

Legal Writing: A Contemporary Approach (Ann Sinsheimer, Teresa Kissane Brostoff, and Nancy M. Burkoff, eds., West Academic Publishing, 2014)

U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-01

22 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2015

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Ann Sinsheimer

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law

Teresa Brostoff

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law

Nancy M. Burkoff

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law (Emeritus)

Date Written: December 22, 2014

Abstract

Learning to brief a case is an important skill for new law students. But what do lawyers do with these discrete components of a judicial opinion? After successfully identifying the procedural posture, the court’s reasoning, the determinative facts, and the rule of law from an individual case, lawyers will use these judicial opinions to identify the rule of law governing a particular subject area and will use this rule to address legal problems. This chapter will focus on learning to use legal rules.

Keywords: legal writing, legal rules, brief writing, court rules, courts, legal analysis, rule synthesis, precedent, hierarchy of legal authority

Suggested Citation

Sinsheimer, Ann and Brostoff, Teresa and Burkoff, Nancy M., Understanding and Using Legal Rules (December 22, 2014). Legal Writing: A Contemporary Approach (Ann Sinsheimer, Teresa Kissane Brostoff, and Nancy M. Burkoff, eds., West Academic Publishing, 2014), U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2541921

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Teresa Brostoff

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Nancy M. Burkoff

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