Legal Brief

The case brief will be graded on the rubric located in the Resources section under Case Brief. Please carefully review the rubric before you start the assignment.

Make sure to double space your assignment. You may use single space in the various sections of the brief but be sure to double space between the sections.

Brief the case of Maryland v. Pringle, 540 U.S. 366 (2003). This case can be found at the following link or under the “Resources” section of the classroom.

Legal case names should be done in standard “Blue Book” format. Example:
York v. Smith, 65 U.S. 294 (1995). For further information see and look under the “How to Cite” section. Bluebook citation information is also found in the course materials section.

Please note that your brief should be, for the most part, in your own words. By briefing a case, you are reading the entire court opinion then summarizing it into your own words so that the important information from the brief is easier to understand and remember. If you are using language from a case, please be sure to put it in quotes and include the reference.