Grading Rubric Case Analysis – Team 20 points
2. Parties [Identify the plaintiff and the defendant] Good. 1 point
3. Facts [Summarize only those facts critical to the outcome of the case] Summarize the
important facts don’t recite all of them. There must be enough facts so I can tell
what’s going on. Good. 1 point *Robin
4. Procedure [Who brought the appeal? What was the outcome in the lower court(s)?]
Good. 1 point
5. Issue [Note the central question or questions on which the case turns] Good 3 points
6. Explain the applicable law(s). Use the textbook here. The law should come from the
same chapter as the case and in some cases form the case itself. Remember that law
can be either Statutory Law or Case Law. Be sure to use citations from the textbook
or from the case including page numbers. Good. 6 points
7. Holding [How did the court resolve the issue(s)? Who won?] Good 1 point *Kyle
8. Reasoning [Explain the logic that supported the court's decision] Good. 7 points
9. Interesting Fact: Do significant research outside of the book and demonstrate that
you have in a very obvious way. This refers to research beyond the legal research.
This involves something about the parties or other interesting related area. Show
something you have discovered about the case, parties or other important element
from your own research. Be sure this is obvious and adds value beyond the legal
reasoning of the case. This must be a separate Slide. Good *Charles
10. Wrap up with a Conclusion slide. This should summarize the key aspects of the
decision and also your recommendations on the court's ruling. Good.
11. Include citations on the slides and a reference slide with your sources. Use APA style
citations and references. Good. *Laurein
Total = 20
Saturday Breaking up work: separate into equal parts, rotate each week
Wednesday: Compile work and review progress (Wed-Saturday complete slides)
Following Saturday: Compile Presentation and review, Repeat
The assignment should consist of a presentable and entertaining presentation (Power Point
or other medium) or a Word Document containing graphics and video links. It should
include a summary of the relevant facts, the law, judicial opinion and answer the case questions.
All that is necessary for an understanding of the case is important and required.
The report must go beyond the discussion of the problem posed in the textbook, to achieve a
superior grade. Do research outside the textbook- this must include research outside the case
citation such as the Lexus-Nexis in the DeVry Library or FindLaw.com, do research on the
parties and circumstances of the case itself and incorporate some audio-visual modality as a part
of the case analysis, something about one of the parties, as well as some background contained in
the legal opinion. Doing significant research outside the textbook is essential. Research sources
that you cite can NEVER be Wikipedia, a news site or a Google search result. They MUST be
recognized legal research sources as found in the University Library Lexus/Nexis Database.
Each week your team will locate a case using Find Law or another research tool and obtain legal
research on the selected case. Your team should also research the circumstances surrounding the
case (i.e. the other party, any news that may have been created or any other pertinent
information). Each week a new case will be found by the team.
Here are the subjects to be covered each week:
Week 2- Constitutional Issues, International Law issues or Administrative Agency issues
Week 3- Torts, Product Liability or Environmental law issues
Week 4- Contracts, Real Property or Intellectual Property issues
Week 5 - Employment law issues
Week 6 - Criminal, anti-Trust or debtor-creditor issues
Week 7 - Dispute issues (such as meditation), business associations or securities issues.
Week 8 is the time to deliver a final Course Project which will include an introduction, in-depth
analysis of each weekly case as described above using the same format as the weekly case
The Course Project should wrap up with a summary that ties together some element of
commonality through the 6 cases selected and uses the elements studied in week 1 on critical
thinking, introduction to law, the American legal system and ethics and social responsibility.