How to Brief a Case

In anticipation of the case brief assignment (and subsequent oral defense), it is important to have some guidance on how to brief a case.  The best resource I have found to date is published by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  It can be found at  Make sure you understand the difference between an “appellate brief” and a “student brief.”  The assignment in HPER K511 concerns a “student brief.”  As the foregoing link explains, the student brief should contain seven elements.  They are:

1. Title/Citation

2. Facts

3. Issues

4. Decision(s)/Holding(s)

5. Reasoning/Rationale

6. Separate Opinions (Concurring and/or Dissenting)

7. Analysis