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Below is the instructions for the format I will attach a template THAT MUST BE USED.
This is for my Media law class
The purpose of this assignment is for you to take notes and organize them in a way to help you remember legal rules. It will be formatted like a legal outline.
First and foremost, you must identify the rules that come out of the cases. The cases themselves are important only insofar as they stand for a rule or principle. Think about these questions: Why is this case in the textbook? What does this case stand for? How will the holding of this case be applied in a different factual situation?
Once you have identified the rule, use it prominently. Don’t bury it under a case name, facts, issue and other stuff. Play it prominently.
Second, you must organize your outline around the rules rather than around the cases. Giving in to the tendency to use the cases as the organizational units is not as helpful as doing the arduous work of synthesizing rules and then piecing the cases in where they fit. This might mean you use a case under more than one rule, if it has something to say about more than one principle.
Do not miss an opportunity to list a multi-factored test. These are important to understand. (The four-part test in O’Brien is a good example.) But you also have to understand when that test is applied and what the overall rule is that goes with it. So just listing the factors is not enough – put them in context.
Lastly, while the rules are preeminent you should use the cases and their facts as illustrations of how the rules work. So outlining is sort of the inverse of briefing. When you brief a case, you list the case name, court name and year. Then you list: (1) facts, (2) issue, (3) rule, (4) holding, (5) reasons and (6) any concurring or dissenting opinions. But when you outline, you synthesize rules from multiple cases (or sometimes a single case) and then you briefly mention the facts of a case to show how that rule was applied in a given situation. The issues generally need not be stated in an outline because that should become clear from the rules themselves. The holding, reasoning and any concurrences or dissents may briefly be outlined.
When synthesizing rules, sometimes direct quotes may be used but you are better off synthesizing the rules in your own words. You can generally be more concise and straightforward. Also, understanding the rule comes from processing its meaning and not just copying down a quote.
While outlining is down in a shorthand format, there is no excuse for misspelling words or incorrectly characterizing cases or the rules for which they stand.