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Guide to resources for the MGT 424 Employment Law course

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This guide shows information sources that can be used for completing the assignments for the MGT 424 Employment Law course.

To create a case briefing, refer to the Case Briefings Format section below for instructions and sources.

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Case Briefings Format

The method of legal analysis used for the case briefings in this course is the IRAC format* which stands for:

  1. Issue - State the issue. The issue is the question(s) to be resolved in the case.

    Look up the case in LexisNexis Academic and read the information on it to determine the issue. Note that the issue can evolve from the time a case was filed to the time the court rules or it goes through an appeal to a higher court. See "How to Find a Specific Case" for illustrated instructions on how to find case materials in LexisNexis Academic.
  2. Rule of Law - Identify the law that applies.

    The case's information in LexisNexis Academic found in the first step should identify the laws and regulations cited by the court in making its ruling and link to the text of the rules.
  3. Analyze - Discuss how the rule applies to the facts of a particular case, making sure to include all sides of the issue.

    The opinion delivered by the court will discuss how the rule applies in its view, as will the positions stated by the plaintiffs and defendants. But beyond that, there is also the option of reviewing the text of the law found in step 2 and reaching one's own conclusions and searching for other opinions in articles regarding the case.
  4. Conclusion - Identify the results of the case.

    For recent cases, reviewing the information on the case in LexisNexis Academic and researching what others had to say in articles, as done in the previous steps, will provide enough information to identify the results of the case. However, older cases that may have become the basis for more recent court decisions would have more far-reaching results. To discover those ripple effects, use the Shepardizing technique discussed in the Court Cases section of this guide.

*The IRAC format descriptions are paraphrased from the MGT 424 Employment Law course syllabus.

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