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SJC 4899: Race, Representation, and Law

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Basic Components of Legal Research

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Basic Components of Legal Research for your Class

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


FROM YOUR ASSIGNMENT (see your course materials for the full expectations/requirements)

  • Analysis of the ruling should answer the following questions:
    • 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?

  • Your paper must include at least 10 sources, including all of the following:
    • The Court ruling, including all majority and dissenting opinions.
    • Articles published at the time of the ruling: newspaper articles and editorials, magazine stories, opinion columns.
    • You need to have a sense of public reaction at the time of the ruling (as well as continued reverberations, which can be considered through the lens of popular or political artifacts).
    • Other critical or popular or political reactions to the cultural artifact.