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College of Arts and Sciences Librarian
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Penji Scheduling App
For SPU Writing assistance, download the Penji app:
Then use your SPU username and password to sign-up for a Penji account.
(You will likely get logged into the Center for Learning section,
just switch to the Research, Reading, & Writing Studio for writing assistance.)
Basic Components of Legal Research
1. The elements of the case
2. Analysis of the case
3. Use of the 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?