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ERIC Number: EJ1006891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
How to Read a U.S. Supreme Court Opinion
Middleton, Tiffany
Social Education, v77 n1 p32-35 Jan-Feb 2013
Reading U.S. Supreme Court opinions can be intimidating. Yet, in the digital age, it has never been easier to access them. The average opinion is about 4,750 words, and is one of approximately 75 issued by the Court each year. It might be reassuring to know that opinions contain similar parts and tend to follow a similar format. There are also useful key words to identify amid the pages of a PDF or HTML text to help focus reading. This article offers a basic guide for reading and analyzing these important primary legal documents. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States