HST 301 Week 4 FIRAC Worksheet

HST 301 Week 4 FIRAC Worksheet

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 HST 301 Week 4 FIRAC Worksheet

Review the simulation “You are a Supreme Court Justice Deciding on a Free Speech Case.”

Read Appendix B: Briefing and Analyzing Cases in Constitutional Law.

Choose a U.S. Supreme Court case that covers the First Amendment (free speech, religion, press, assembly, and petition). Do not use any of the cases mentioned in the “You are a Supreme Court Justice” simulation.

Use the Supreme Court of the United States website (www.supremecourt.gov) to locate a case.

Follow the FIRAC model in Appendix B to brief the case.

Complete the FIRAC Worksheet provided.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

FIRAC Worksheet


Appendix B: Briefing and Analyzing Cases in Constitutional Law offers a model to brief a court case. FIRAC stands for Facts, Issue, Rule(s), Analyze, and Conclusion. Read about this model and see an example of it in Appendix B. Then, select a United States Supreme Court case on the First Amendment and complete a FIRAC analysis using the worksheet below.





FACTS: Lay out the facts of the case. (200 words)


ISSUE: Identify the legal issue.(50 words)


RULE: What provision of the First Amendment applies to the issue you have defined? (50 words)


ANALYZE: Analyze the case, applying the law to the facts of the case.  (300 words)


CONCLUSION: Draw a conclusion. (200 words)




Hall, D. E. & Feldmeier, J. P. (2012). Constitutional law: Governmental powers and individual freedoms (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
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