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LAW 499 | U.S. Supreme Court

Professor Philip Benesch.

What are ... ?

Before presenting their oral arguments, lawyers for both sides submit briefs, which summarize the facts of the case, provide supporting evidence, detail the  legal reasoning behind their arguments.  

Briefs are often also filed by "friends of the court" (amicus curiae). 

"Friends of the court" describes a person--or organization--who is not part of the lawsuit, but has a strong interest in the case.


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