GUIDELINES FOR YOUR IN-CLASS CASE
PRESENTATION AND SUPPORTING HAND-OUT

PS 158  INTERNATIONAL LAW

Spring 2000

I. GENERAL GUIDELINES

A. DUE DATE: Your case presentation must be made in class on the day and time you have been assigned to do so.

If you fail to make your in-class presentation on the assigned day, a presentation may be rescheduled only at your instructor's discretion. In the event of a rescheduled presentation, three (3) points will be deducted from the assignment's fifteen (15) possible points.

If you fail to prepare your hand-out in time for your scheduled presentation, one (1) point will be deducted for each day that your hand-out is late.  You are asked to submit your hand-out in digital form (i.e., as a word processor file) to the instructor by diskette or as an e-mail attachment.  Your hand-out will thereafter be posted to the CourseInfo web site.

The case presentation assignment constitutes 15 percent (i.e., 15 possible points) of your final grade (100 possible points).

B. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY: Computer, printer, or floppy disk failures are not acceptable excuses for a late assignment. It is your responsibility to make back-up copies of your computer files, to maintain multiple diskettes, and to print out drafts of your hand-out early and often.

C. CASE PRESENTATION LENGTH. You should strive to complete your case presentation within six (6) minutes. Under no circumstances should your presentation exceed eight (8) minutes. Students exceeding that limit can expect their grades to be reduced.

D. HAND-OUT LENGTH AND DISTRIBUTION: Your presentation must be supplemented by a hand-out not to exceed five (5) typed pages of text in length (only 250 words per page - strictly enforced).  Please submit your hand-out in digital form (i.e., as a word processor file) to the instructor by diskette or as an e-mail attachment.

E. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Your hand-out should also feature a bibliography section in which you list all sources consulted or cited.

F. FORMAT OF HAND-OUT BIBLIOGRAPHY: Your bibliography should adhere to a consistent citation format such as Turabian.

1. For guidance on how to cite internet sources, follow the link on the course's web page to:

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cup/cgos/idx_basic.html

2. For any cited internet sources, the assignment should also include a print-out of the first page of that source and an identification of the internet source's author.

G. OUTLINE OF HAND-OUT: The hand-out must be explicitly outlined.

II. THE SUBSTANCE OF YOUR CASE PRESENTATION AND SUPPORTING HAND-OUT

A. UPON WHAT SOURCES SHOULD YOUR CASE PRESENTATION AND HAND-OUT BE BASED?

1. Your casebook (required)

2. Relevant books and/or articles in the international law, international relations, and diplomatic history fields (required)

3. Other casebook treatments of the case (optional)

4. Interviews with scholars in the international law, international relations, and diplomatic history fields (optional, but strongly encouraged)

In general, the best assignments will be based on the greatest number and widest variety of high quality sources.

B. WHAT SPECIFIC ELEMENTS SHOULD YOUR CASE PRESENTATION ADDRESS?

1. Your presentation should follow the legal brief format available for download at the course website:

http://www.people.virginia.edu/~rjb3v/briefhow.html

2. Of particular significance are the following elements of the brief:

a. Legal rationale

b. Questions

c. Material facts, especially those not provided in the casebook. You should strive to place your case within its historical and political contexts.

III. THE EVALUATION OF YOUR CASE PRESENTATION AND SUPPORTING HAND-OUT

Your assignment will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria.

A. CASE PRESENTATION

Five (5) possible points may be awarded based on these criteria:

1. Substantive clarity - Was the substance of the presentation clear?

2. Comprehensiveness of treatment - Did the presenter address all relevant elements of the brief?

3. Accuracy - Did the presenter make any errors of fact?

4. Speaking style - Was the presenter audible, articulate, engaging?

5. Duration - Was the presentation completed within six minutes? Did it exceed eight minutes?

B. HAND-OUT

Ten (10) possible points may be awarded based on these criteria:

1. Quality of research, bibliography

2. Comprehensiveness of treatment

3. Accuracy

4. Format

5. Length - the hand-out may not exceed five (5) typed pages of text


Updated: February 11, 2000

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