"This essay is designed to help new law students prepare for the first few weeks of class. It explains what judicial opinions are, how they are structured, and what law students should look for when reading them."
Kerr, Orin S., How to Read a Legal Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students (2007). 11 The Green Bag 2d 51 (2007). . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1160925