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1L Required Reading: Orin Kerr’s How to Read a Case

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For any law student, but especially a 1L there is far more to read than you’ll ever have time for. Allow me to suggest that this should be at the top of your list. You already know how to read. That doesn’t mean you know how to read a case.

This essay is designed to help new law students prepare for the first few weeks of class. It explains what judicial opinions are, how they are structured, and what law students should look for when reading them.

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  1. [...] Lukegilman.com includes a link to Kerr’s 2007 article as well as other helpful posts on succeeding in law school. Kerr, a professor of law at The George Washington University Law School, writes that his guide "is designed to help new law students prepare for the first few weeks of class. It explains what judicial opinions are, how they are structured, and what law students should look for when reading them." Kerr’s article guides students through gleaning information from cases and provides tips on what law professors are looking for from reading assignments. [...]

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