Listen to these videos, and work on the sample case, to get started developing your case-briefing skills. In the short run it should help with class preparation, and in the long run learning how to learn the law from cases is a crucial lawyer skill. One correction to the information in the second slide: this fall, Professor Thornburg will be teaching Civil Procedure to Section 3, which meets in the daytime.
This video focuses on the introductory parts of the case brief -- caption, facts & procedural history. It's important to learn which facts matter to a case's outcome and to understand the significance of the procedure that led up to the decision.
This video focuses on the key parts of the case brief -- issue, holding, and analysis. They're the hardest, but the most important. The book you are reading for Orientation, "What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know," just talks about "Holding" and "Reasoning," while this video separates out a statement of the Issue and the Holding. Either way is fine -- use the one that works best for you. Just remember to do the careful reading and thinking so you know precisely what the court decided.