FICA stands for Fact, Issue, Conclusion, and Analysis and allows you to concisely summarize the conclusions of a court case. To summarize the case, follow these steps, and organize your paper with these four sections (don’t forget your references at end):

  • State the facts of the case in a clear and concise matter
  • Identify the issue(s)/laws at hand
  • State the conclusion of the court
  • Complete your analysis of the findings as presented in the case (answer the question: “why did the court rule this way on this issue?”) Use your own ideas as to why the ruling happened this way. What are your thoughts? Adding your thoughts, opinions, and additional research can make sure your paper is the required length.

Northwestern Cement Co. v. Minnesota, 358 US 450.

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