2 page case brief intro to law for paralegals

Attached is the case brief form, the case and other supporting documents.

Briefing a case is the activity of summarizing a court opinion. A paralegal’s job revolves around writing. A paralegal will draft numerous documents including: correspondence with clients and other attorneys, memoranda, discovery requests, and legal pleadings. Most of the paralegal’s written documents will incorporate the law. A paralegal must have the ability to read the law, and apply the law to the facts of the present case. A paralegal must have the ability to analyze the law.

In this assignment you will create a case brief by reading a case and putting information into the form that is attached. The form has helpful information for you in each area that you should delete when you write your brief.

The case you should read and brief is Caetano v. Massachusetts. The PDF of the decision is attached to this assignment. You can also look up the case on LEXIS, www.oyez.org, and any number of other places.

Your brief should be 1-2 pages long. Points will be deducted for spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. Please proof read your work – most errors are easily corrected by proof reading. When citing legal cases the case names should be done in standard “Blue Book” format. Example:
York v. Smith, 65 U.S. 294 (1995). For further information see hhttp://ttp://www.law.cornell.edu/citation and look under the “How to Cite” section.

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