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How to Format Your Outline

 

 

Main Topic or Issue

 

a.       What are the Main Policies in this area of law?

b.      What are the rules?

                                                               i.       Include definition and elements if any

                                                             ii.      List elements as separate sub headings—include definition and interpretation of elements when relevant

                                                            iii.      Case example of when rule has and has not been violated

                                                           iv.      Hypos from class as examples of how the rule is applied

c.       When will I see this on an exam? What should I look for?

                                                               i.      How would this show up on an exam?

d.      More policy (if applicable) – make sure you focus on what your professor brings up in class

                                                               i.      Do these rules serve the policies of this area of Law?

                                                             ii.      Is this a good rule or a bad rule? (Will the rule help or hurt society?)

 

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*Suggested outline format from RUTH K. STROPUS & CHARLOTTE D. TAYLOR, BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN COLLEGE AND LAW SCHOOL: STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS 68 (Carolina Academic Press 2001).