research using lower federal court decisions (meaning Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, and Federal District Courts) to obtain the information you need to answer your question. choose a constitutional rightexamples that you can use. You could look into what weapons courts have determined to be “unusual and dangerous,” or how courts have applied equal protection to classifications that we did not expressly address like sexual orientation or transgender, or whether post-deprivation relief is sufficient for procedural due process in a particular situation, or if a particular type of governmental action is considered a takins or not, or what types of restrictions courts have determined to be an undue burden on obtaining an abortion, or what limitations on the right to refuse lifesaving treatment are constitutional, or the rights of parents in child custody matters, or whether some particular governmental action “shocks the conscience.” Clearly state a question that is capable of a direct answer. The answer cannot be that federal courts have not answered the question or addressed the issue.
- Provide an answer to the question that clearly explains the legal standards that courts have applied to the issue, and notes the Supreme Court decisions that the lower courts interpreted in doing so.
- Analyze the legal standards by applying them in a way that answers your question, and provides an adequate explanation that allows the reader to understand the reasons behind the answer to the question, and the court decisions you relied upon.
- States a clear and understandable conclusion that provides a direct and logical answer to the question.
- Provides citations in appropriate places using an appropriate format.