How to answer a legal problem question

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Unformatted text preview: H ow to answer a legal problem question – guide for assignment w r i t ing. You have been asked to determine what options are available to Joan. The way to work t hat out is to analyse the situation, determine the legal issues, discuss the law, apply the law to the facts and then come to a reasonable conclusion. Q UT uses the FI LA method for addressing legal problem questions: F acts/I ssues L aw A pplication (Conclusion) Step One – Facts of the situation Summarise the key facts of the situation as they have been presented to you. The reason you do this is because i t assist in identifying the issues. T he next step is to identify what are the key legal issues (or issue if there is just one), t hat is, what is the legal problem that emerges from the facts. O nce you’ve identified that you can then go onto the next step. Step T wo – Discuss the Law Once you’ve identified the issues in step two you then need to discuss the law that r elates to the relevant legal issue. Step Th ree – Analysis: Apply the law to the facts The fourth step is to apply the law to the facts of the situation. That is, relate the legal position to the current situation you’re asked to examine. S tep Four – Conclusion A lways make a conclusion – even if i t’s a tough call, i t’s important that you give a view as to the likely outcome. This view, however, must be based on the rational analysis of t he law, the application of the law to the facts and the reasonable assessment as to its outcome. You need to go through each of the steps for e ach l egal issue. ...
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2011 for the course FINANCE 101 taught by Professor Richard during the Spring '11 term at UCLA.

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