The following are instructions you MUST follow:
I. Format
5 – 6 pages exclusive of cover, abstract and reference pages (total of approximately 9 – 10 pages)
Pages must be numbered
Tables, charts, graphs and images are welcome but are NOT included in the page total (although they will frequently contribute to a good grade!)
Cover page must be APA compliant (click here (Links to an external site.) for a general resource about APA formatting)
Include a separate abstract page
Include a separate reference page
Use 12 point Times Roman font
Double spaced with normal 1” margins
Use of headers and sub-headers is strongly suggested
III. Cover Page
IV. Abstract
Your Abstract must be on a separate page after your Cover Page and should be a summary of your paper
Your Abstract should be approximately one paragraph in length
V. Body
The body of your case study should be approximately 5 – 6 pages in length (minimum — this is only a guideline)
V.a. Case Background
In 3 to 4 paragraphs describe the article/case facts and background. This should include BRIEF information about the firm, however do NOT simply duplicate what is in the article itself.
V.b. Key Issues
What are the key legal and/or business issues described in the article and in the case? These might be problems, opportunities, or challenges. You should briefly describe each. You may wish to cite information from the article/case to support your contention that these are key issues. You will need to consider if the issues are independent or interdependent (i.e., related to each other). If the former, you may treat the solutions as important to that issue alone. If the issues are interdependent, you may need to consider how the solutions you describe below impact more than one issue or problem.
V.c. Analysis of Solutions/Strategies
For the issues you identified above, you must identify potential solutions or strategies and analyze each of them. For each of the alternatives, you should analyze possible benefits, risks, and actions that may be required and the possible outcomes. Any given alternative solution/strategy might address multiple issues. If so, be sure to note that in your narrative. Typically, this section will be the longest and most detailed portion of your case analysis.
V.d. Recommendations
V.d.1. Rank your options
Begin by rank ordering your alternatives from most to least desirable. In a sentence or two explain the rank you have assigned each alternative solution. Be sure to consider if the alternative solutions help resolve more than a single issue.
V.d.2. Select and justify your preferred solution/strategy
This is the most important part of your case analysis. Begin by selecting the solution that you believe will best solve the issues or problems you have identified. Describe in detail WHY you have selected your given solution/strategy. Make sure that when supporting your preferred solution/strategy your arguments are consistent with the analysis you conducted above. Be very organized and methodical in your recommendations. Pick a solution/strategy and support that decision with facts and sound reasoning. NOTE – you may combine more than one solution but in doing so you must support BOTH and justify the expense.
VI. Conclusion — Lessons Learned
What is the most important take-away or lesson learned from this article/case? Be specific and describe why you selected this particular “lesson”.
VII. References
You must include a separate page listing your references in APA format. You must have at least 3 references in total other than the article, our textbook, course PowerPoints, or the U.S. Supreme Court case. You must have at least 2 of any combination of the following:
an academic journal or paper
a popular business press source (WSJ, Inc., Business Week, The Economist. Harvard Business Journal among other options)
an online source

US Supreme Court Case Study- Matal v. Tam.