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1. The following presentation is intended to help you successfully complete the Supreme Court case essay assignment.2.Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963)3. Research the details about the case (answer the five research questions: Who, What, When, Where and Why). Take notes about what you learn. You should not need sources other than the Supreme Court opinion itself. But if you do use other sources, be sure to cite them. 4. After researching a case, outline the information you have collected. Please use the following structure: A. Introduction: 1. Identify the name of the case (please use Bluebook format–Note, APA defers to Bluebook when citing a legal case). 2. Identify the parties involved in the case.B. Describe the underlying facts. Include only the important facts that are relevant to the issue before the Supreme Court. C. How did the case move through the courts before reaching the Supreme Court? 1. Which court had original jurisdiction in the case? 2. How did the previous courts (trial court and any appellate courts) rule in the case (focus on the specific issue before the Supreme Court)? D. How did the Supreme Court rule in the case? 1. What was the argument of the majority opinion? 2. What was the argument of the minority opinion?E. What was the Supreme Court’s reasoning in reaching its decision? Which facts did the Court think were important? Which arguments did it reject? Why? F. Conclusion: How does the Court’s ruling in the case affect Americans today? 1. Has the Court’s ruling affected other cases? 2. Has the Court’s ruling affected the interpretation and enforcement of any particular laws, and/or how those laws are enforced? 3. Has the ruling affected criminal procedure and/or recognition of rights in a criminal context? 4. Has the Court’s ruling in this case affected you, or someone you know, personally?5. Write your essay. If you organized your information as listed above, you should just need to flesh things out a bit. Your first paragraph is the introduction (the information under letter A of your outline). The second paragraph is the information under letter B, and so on.6. The grading rubric is in the supporting materials, so review it before writing your essay.
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Legal  Studies  Program  Graduate  Research  Paper  Rubric  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Category  
100%  
50%  
0%  
 
 
 
 
 
Structure  /  
Sound,  logical  
Structure  lacks  
Structure  is  
Organization      
structure  sets  tone  
logical  flow,  does  not   disjointed,  does  not  
10%  
for  paper,  orients  
thoroughly  orient  
make  sense  and  does  
reader  and  captures   the  reader  to  the  
not  inspire  reader  
interest.  
purpose  and  flow  of   interest  at  all.  
the  paper  and  lacks  
interest.  
 
 
 
 
 
Use  of  Reputable,  
Student  effectively  
Student  inefficiently   Student  did  not  
Scholarly  Primary   leveraged  available  
leveraged  available  
leverage  available  
and  Secondary  
technology  and  other   technology  and  other   technology  and  other  
Sources  10%  
research  tools  to  find   research  tools  to  find   research  tools  to  find  
and  use  at  least  
and  use  at  least  
reputable  sources,  
sixteen  (16)  
eight(8)  reputable,  
using  only  open  
reputable,  scholarly   scholarly  sources,  
source  material  that  
sources,  at  least  half   four  (4)  of  which  are   is  neither  reputable  
of  which  are  peer-­‐
peer  reviewed  and  
nor  scholarly.  
reviewed  and  at  
two  (2)  of  which  are  
least  half  of  which  
primary  sources  of  
are  primary  sources   law  (constitutions,  
of  law  (constitutions,   statutes,  case  law  
statutes,  case  law  
etc.)  
etc.)  
 
 
 
 
 
Issue  /  Problem  
Issue  /  problem  
Issue  /  problem  
Issue  /  problem  
Statement    
statement  is  clear,  
statement  is  there,  
statement  is  not  
10%  
unequivocal  and  
but  is  awkward,  not   written.  
provable.  
clearly  articulated,  
and  not  provable.  
 
 
 
 
 
Logical  Flow  &  
Student  fully  
Student  partially  
Student  does  not  
Content    
explores  and  
explores  and  
explore  and  develop  
50%  
develops  the  law,  
develops  the  law,  
the  law,  apply  it  to  
applies  it  to  the  facts   applies  it  to  the  facts   the  facts  and  reach  
and  reaches  logical,  
supported  
conclusion(s).  
and  reaches  
somewhat  logical,  
supported  
conclusion(s).  
 
Writing  Mechanics  
10%  
 
Student  writes  
clearly  and  concisely  
with  no  more  than  
two  minor  errors.      
 
Bluebook  Citation    
10%  
 
Student  uses  proper  
Bluebook  citation  
with  no  more  than  
two  minor  errors.  
 
Student  writes  
somewhat  
effectively,  with  
frequent  errors.  
Writing  is  illogical  
and  hard  to  follow  at  
times.  
 
Student  uses  
citation,  though  not  
in  proper  Bluebook  
format.  
 
 
 
Short  Form  Rubric:  
 
Structure/  Organization:    ____  /  10  points  (Insert  comments)  
Use  of  Authority:    ____  /  10  points  (Insert  comments)  
Issue  /  Problem  Statement:    ____  /  10  points  (Insert  comments)  
Logical  Flow  /  Content:    _____  /  50  points  (Insert  comments)  
Writing  Mechanics:    _____  /  10  points  (Insert  comments)  
Bluebook  Citation:    _____  /  10  points  (Insert  comments)  
logical,  supportable  
conclusion(s).    
Instead,  student  
jumps  to  
unsupported  
conclusions.  
 
Student’s  writing  is  
not  understandable  
due  to  frequent  
errors.      
 
Student  uses  no  
recognizable  citation  
format.  

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