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Acing Your Law Exam

Reading Cases like a Rock Star

Reading Cases like a Rock Star

Learn about cases, their central role in your law-school experience, and how to read them to survive a Socratic assault and conquer your exams.

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Welcome to Reading Cases like a Rock Star! In this lesson, we’ll talk about cases, their central role in your law-school experience, and how to read them.

I. Reading Cases and Casebooks with a Larger Purpose in Mind 

A case, or judicial opinion, is a court’s written explanation for how it resolved a specific controversy.  From now until graduation, cases will be central to your academic life. You’ll spend most of your study time reading casebooks. A casebook is a collection of...