The Supreme Court
First Draft Grading Form
(Specific comments are written on the brief itself. This is intended as a general evaluation of the brief.)
Name of Student ______________________
I. Substance of Argument (40 percent of grade) (includes strength of basic arguments, use of authority to support arguments, development of arguments, and appropriateness of arguments in a brief to the Supreme Court).
II. Organization of Argument (20 percent of grade) (includes division of brief into headings and subheadings, organization within each section of the brief, and avoidance of redundancy).
III. Writing Style (20 percent of grade) (includes tone of argument, grammar, sentence structure, transitions between paragraphs, conclusions of paragraphs and arguments, fluidity and grace in the use of language, appropriateness of word choices).
IV. Research (10 percent of grade).
V. Miscellaneous (10 percent of grade) (includes citation form, headings and all other aspects of the brief).