Lesson series

Case Analysis 

Case analysis forms the foundation of lawyering skills. Start with the facts and the law. Then analyze them into a case. Yours. Theirs. Equally applicable for solicitors and litigators. We all have cases.

The first half of the course, Case Analysis 1, presents the Advocacy Club's Seven Elements Technique of identifying the important components of the case.  Reduce, reduce, reduce.  What remains highlights in bold what evidence you need, what positions you will take, and how you will advise your client.

The second half, Case Analysis 2 uses the Seven Elements to create your Theory (why your position is right) and your Theme (why your position is just) .

Together, these techniques inform your strategy. Everything you will write, say and do in the case. 
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  • Total 72 minutes of professionally produced video.

  • Each video features presentations of the techniques and two junior litigators demonstrating them through exercises
  • Case Analysis 1 is bundled with Case Analysis 2
  • Show Notes
  • Case Study (common to all courses in the Boot Camp Series)
  • Handbook, Introduction to Trial Advocacy, by John Hollander in his law school course of that name

  • Advocacy Club Certificate of Completion

Become a legal analyst

Case analysis consists of taking the facts and law and turning them into a cohesive theory, spun to persuade by use of an effective theme.

The analysis informs your continued information-gathering, positions you take in negotiation, how and who you inform, and how you manage any dispute resolution.

In this two-video course, you will learn how to focus in what matters and reject the rest.  You will create the outline for opinions, examinations and submissions.   By refining your analysis, you can show professionalism and gain a competitive advantage over your peers. 

The first video focus on identifying the important elements of the case. The second presents the techniques to refine those elements into a persuasive position. One that accommodates the risks posed by an adversary. 

Think before you take a position

Lawyers start with an outline, one that presents all the components of the case. From that, they prepare for further interviews, for positions, negotiations and the various steps of litigation.

In this course, you will learn how to leverage the essential facts into a persuasive case. Using the Advocacy Club's Seven Elements Technique, you will learn how to develop a persuasive opinion and strategy.
Meet the instructor

John Hollander

A lawyer since 1978 in Ottawa, Canada , John founded the Advocacy Club in 2007 to train junior lawyers in the arts of civil advocacy. ​​

John also teaches analysis and advocacy ​techniques to students at the University of Ottawa's school of common law. He has introduced experiential courses, in which he uses the Advocacy Club methodology to train upper-year law students to become junior associates in litigation practices.

John's handbook on Case Analysis is available from Irwin Law, on the Shop Tab. 
John Hollander, Litigator. Trainer. Author.
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