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JRN 3301 : Media Law: Get Started wtih Legal Research

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Basic Components of Legal Research

1. The elements of the case

2. Analysis of the case

3. Use of the case

Types of Law

Types of law - statutory, administrative, and case

 

Questions to consider when studying cases:

  • Who were the parties?
  • What was the key issue or issues?
  • How did the court decide?
  • What was breakdown of vote? (majority, concurrences, dissents)
  • What is the significance of the ruling?
  • What was the public reaction to the ruling?
  • How has this ruling played out over time?
  • Were there unintended consequences?
  • Do you think the case was correctly decided? Why or why not?