As beginning law students soon learn, what we call “legal reasoning” can be expressed by the formula IRAC. It stands for Issue, Rule, Application, and Conclusion. It is the format used by lawyers in preparing legal memoranda. And the structure that most judges use in drafting judicial opinions. It’s also the
Your first final exams are coming up, 1Ls! It's time to mind your minutes, study the past, start formulating answers, and pay attention to your professors – and get that first good grade.
You probably know that outlining is an important part of the writing process. An outline helps you organize your writing and identify gaps in your analysis. The more complex the material you are writing about, the more important your organization is—and legal analysis is often complex. Most writers outline at
I graduated from law school this past May, took the bar in July, and was fortunate to land a job as a federal judicial law clerk that started in September. What this really means: I’m no expert on law school curriculum. I do, however, have some sage advice to give
After you have completed the LSAT and received your first law school acceptance letter, you will likely celebrate passing the first major milestones on your path to becoming an attorney. You might wonder what to expect during law school. Watching movies like "The Paper Chase" or the "Legally Blonde" series
It’s easy to feel intimidated by the onslaught of acronyms you hear upon getting to law school: IRAC, CRAC, CREAC, IRARARAC. For new students, these words may as well be the incantations of an ancient mystery cult.