IRAC - How to Write a Good Law School Exam I R A C SSUE ULE...

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How to Write a Good Law School Exam I SSUE R ULE A NALYSIS C ONCLUSION LAST THREE OFTEN END UP BEING MERGED IN WRITING (1) Issue Spot a. This is what you have been doing throughout the semester as you read the cases b. Which facts raise which issue? (2) State the Rule – Abstract rule of law and explanation of what it means a. Layout all elements of the rule and show how the rule evolved b. What elements of the rule must be proven for the rule to hold true? i. I.e. – Showing discrimination using Burdine/Hicks 1. First the plaintiff must prove a prima facie case – lay out all of the elements of a prima facie case 2. The defendant articulates a non-discriminatory reason 3. Under Burdine, the plaintiff could then win by proving that there really was discrimination or by simply showing that the stated reason is pretext. After Hicks, must prove evidence of discrimination; showing pretext is not enough. (3) Analyze – KEY PART a. Apply the rule/law to the facts
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i. For every relevant fact, ask whether the fact helps prove or disprove the rule b. Explain your thoughts in a logical way c. Don’t simply relay the facts d. Create analogies and distinctions to cases we read in class
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