IT002: Applying Legal Standards And Procedures Overview The Case briefing hones analytic skills and heightens students’ understanding of the role of courts

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The Case briefing hones analytic skills and heightens students’ understanding of the role of courts; therefore, students gain a better understanding of how to define, interpret, and apply law. In this Assessment you find a State or Supreme Court case that deals with the use of technology in criminal law, law enforcement, criminal procedures, or court procedures.

Professional Skills: Written Communication is assessed in this Competency.

 write a 4- to 5-page case brief that includes: (Please see the attached rubric)

  • Citation: Give the full citation for the case, including the name of the case, the date it was decided, and the court that decided it. 
  • Facts: Briefly indicate (a) reasons for the lawsuit; (b) the identity and arguments of the plaintiff(s) and defendant(s), respectively; and (c) the lower court’s decision—if appropriate. 
  • Issue: Concisely phrase, in the form of a question, the essential issue before the court. (If more than one issue is involved, you may have two—or even more—questions here.) 
  • Decision: Indicate here—with a “yes” or “no,” if possible—the court’s answer to the question (or questions) in the Issue section above. 
  • Reason: Summarize as briefly as possible the reasons given by the court for its decision (or decisions) and the case or statutory law relied on by the court in arriving at its decision.

 

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IT002:  Applying  Legal  Standards  and  Procedures:  Use  knowledge  of  criminal  law,  criminal  procedures,  and  court  procedures  to  
inform  decision-­‐making  to  build  criminal  cases  and  prosecute  criminals  

Assessment  Rubric  
Rubric  Criteria   0  

Not  Present  
1  

Needs  Improvement  
2  

Meets  Expectations  
Sub-­‐Competency  1:  Evaluate  the  use  of  technology  in  the  criminal  justice  system.  

Citation:  Give  the  full  
citation  for  the  case,  
including  the  name  of  
the  case,  the  date  it  was  
decided,  and  the  court  
that  decided  it.    
 
LO1.1:  Identify  the  
citation.  

The  citation  is  not  included.   Citations:  Only  partial  citation  
of  the  case  was  included.  Parts  
of  the  name  of  the  case,  the  
date  it  was  decided,  or  the  
court  that  decided  it  were  not  
provided.    

   

Citations:  Full  citation  for  the  
case,  including  the  name  of  the  
case,  the  date  it  was  decided,  and  
the  court  that  decided  it  were  
provided.    

   

    0  
Not  Present  

1  
Needs  Improvement  

2  
Meets  Expectations  

Facts:  Briefly  indicate  
(a)  reasons  for  the  
lawsuit;  (b)  the  identity  
and  arguments  of  the  
plaintiff(s)  and  
defendant(s),  
respectively;  and  (c)  the  
lower  court’s  decision—
if  appropriate.    
 
LO1.2:  Identify  the  
facts.  

The  facts  are  not  included.   Facts:  Brief  facts  are  not  
indicating  at  least  one  of  the  
following  (a)  reasons  for  the  
lawsuit;  (b)  the  identity  and  
arguments  of  the  plaintiff(s)  
and  defendant(s),  respectively;  
and  (c)  the  lower  court’s  
decision—if  appropriate—are  
not  correct.  

   

Facts:  Briefly  indicates  (a)  reasons  
for  the  lawsuit;  (b)  the  identity  
and  arguments  of  the  plaintiff(s)  
and  defendant(s),  respectively;  
and  (c)  the  lower  court’s  
decision—if  appropriate.    

   

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Not  Present   Needs  Improvement   Meets  Expectations  
Issue:  Concisely  phrase,  
in  the  form  of  a  
question,  the  essential  
issue  before  the  court.  
(If  more  than  one  issue  
is  involved,  you  may  
have  two—or  even  
more—questions  here.)    
 
LO1.3  Analyze  multiple  
issues.  

The  issue  is  not  included.   Issue:  Does  not  concisely  
phrase,  in  the  form  of  a  
question,  the  essential  issue  
before  the  court.  (If  more  than  
one  issue  is  involved,  you  may  
have  two—or  even  more—
questions  here.)    

   

Issue:  Concisely  phrases,  in  the  
form  of  a  question,  the  essential  
issue  before  the  court.  (If  more  
than  one  issue  is  involved,  you  
may  have  two—or  even  more—
questions  here.)    

   

    0  
Not  Present  

1  
Needs  Improvement  

2  
Meets  Expectations  

Decision:  Indicate  
here—with  a  “yes”  or  
“no,”  if  possible—the  
court’s  answer  to  the  
question  (or  questions)  
in  the  Issue  section  
above.    
 
LO1.4:  Indicate  whether  
“Yes”  or  “No”  is  the  
correct  decision.  

The  decision  is  not  included.   Decision:  Does  not  indicate  
here—with  a  “yes”  or  “no,”  if  
possible—the  court’s  answer  
to  the  question  (or  questions)  
in  the  Issue  section  above.  

Decision:  Indicate  here—with  a  
“yes”  or  “no,”  if  possible—the  
court’s  answer  to  the  question  (or  
questions)  in  the  Issue  section  
above.    

   

    0  
Not  Present  

1  
Needs  Improvement  

2  
Meets  Expectations  

Reason:  Summarize  as  
briefly  as  possible  the  
reasons  given  by  the  
court  for  its  decision  (or  

The  reason  is  not  included.   Reason:  Does  not  briefly  
summarized  the  reasons  given  
by  the  court  for  its  decision  (or  
decisions)  and  the  case  or  

Reason:  Briefly  summarized  the  
reasons  given  by  the  court  for  its  
decision  (or  decisions)  and  the  

case  or  statutory  law  relied  on  by  

 

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decisions)  and  the  case  
or  statutory  law  relied  
on  by  the  court  in  
arriving  at  its  decision.  
 
LO1.5:  Summarize  the  
proper  reason.  

statutory  law  relied  on  by  the  
court  in  arriving  at  its  decision.  

the  court  in  arriving  at  its  
decision.  

 
Professional  Skill  Assessment  
In  this  Competency  Assessment,  you  will  be  assessed  on  the  following  Professional  Skill:  Written  Communication.  This  skill  counts  
toward  your  achievement  of  the  Competency  and  the  Professional  Skills.  
 
Written  Communication:  Write  with  clarity,  coherence,  and  purpose.  
    0    

Not  Present    
1    

Needs  Improvement    
2    

Meets  Expectations    
LO1:  Develop  clear  
introduction  statements.    

Introduction  statement  is  not  
present.    

Introduction  statement  is  unclear  
and/or  unfocused.    

Introduction  statement  is  well-­‐
defined  and  clearly  describes  the  
topic  and  focus  of  the  response.    

LO2:  Use  transitions  to  
connect  ideas.      

Transitions  are  not  present.     Transitions  are  used  inconsistently  
or  limit  a  reader’s  access  to  ideas.    

Writing  conveys  a  cohesive  idea  
through  the  effective  use  of  
transitions.    

LO3:  Use  appropriate  
tone  and  vocabulary  for  a  
given  audience.      

Vocabulary  and  tone  are  
inappropriate  for  the  
audience.      

Vocabulary  and  tone  vary  
throughout  the  writing,  limiting  a  
reader’s  access  to  ideas.    

Vocabulary  and  tone  communicate  
key  concepts  that  are  appropriate  
for  the  audience.    

LO4:  Apply  APA  
formatting  and  style  
guidelines.    

APA  formatting  and  style  are  
not  present.    

Writing  inconsistently  uses  in-­‐text  
citations  and  references.  Major  
errors  in  APA  style  impede  

Writing  uses  in-­‐text  citations  
appropriately,  includes  references  
when  applicable,  and  is  formatted  
according  to  APA  style.  Minor  

 

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understanding  and/or  violate  
standards  for  academic  integrity.      

errors  in  APA  style  do  not  impede  
understanding  or  violate  standards  
for  academic  integrity.    

Mastery  Rubric      

In  order  to  achieve  mastery  of  this  Competency,  you  must  achieve  a  “2”  on  every  rubric  row  in  addition  to  meeting  the  additional  
expectation  indicated  in  the  Mastery  Rubric.  
 

Mastery  Rubric   No   Yes  
Exceeds  Expectations:  Use  knowledge  of  criminal  law,  criminal  procedures,  and  court  procedures  to  inform  decision-­‐making  to  
build  criminal  cases  and  prosecute  criminals    
Use  knowledge  of  criminal  law,  
criminal  procedures,  and  court  
procedures  to  inform  decision-­‐
making  to  build  criminal  cases  
and  prosecute  criminals  

The  Assessment  case  briefing:    
•   Does  not  identify  the  rules  of  law  

found  in  court  cases  and  does  not  
analyze  how  the  courts  have  applied  
these  rules  of  law  to  the  facts  of  a  case  
in  an  objective  and  rational  manner.    

•   Does  not  hone  analytic  skills  and  
heightens  students’  understanding  of  
the  role  of  courts;  students  do  not  gain  
a  better  understanding  of  how  to  
define,  interpret,  and  apply  law.  

The  Assessment  case  briefing:    
•   Identifies  the  rules  of  law  found  in  

court  cases  and  analyzes  how  the  
courts  have  applied  these  rules  of  law  
to  the  facts  of  a  case  in  an  objective  
and  rational  manner.    

•   Hones  analytic  skills  and  heightens  
students’  understanding  of  the  role  of  
courts;  students  gain  a  better  
understanding  of  how  to  define,  
interpret,  and  apply  law.  

 

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