Using Case Studies in the Classroom

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This resource provides instructions for seven Street Law strategies for teaching about U.S. Supreme Court cases in secondary school classrooms:

  • Anatomy of a case
  • Choosing unmarked opinions
  • Classifying arguments
  • Judicial opinion writing
  • Student law firms
  • Applying precedents
  • Moot court

The strategies vary from basic to complex, and authentic student work increases as you move along the spectrum. Generally, the process focuses on developing student skills in analysis and critical thinking as much as developing knowledge about the outcome of a specific case.

All of the strategies are based on five case elements: facts, issues, precedents, arguments, decision. These elements are like the ingredients of a recipe. You create the final product by combining the elements in various ways. 

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