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Jun 14, 2023

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox podcast for our special series on starting off on the right foot in law school! Today, in the second episode of the series, we're discussing reading law school cases and preparing for class.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why it's important to spend time reading cases
  • Things to pay attention to when you're reading a case
  • The components of a typical opinion
  • Holding and dicta in the context of court decisions
  • The case of United States v. Carroll Towing Co.
  • Pros and cons of "briefing" cases before class

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Alison & Lee