IRAC - I = Issue R = Rule A = Analysis Application C =...

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I = Issue R = Rule A = Analysis / Application C = Conclusion Issue - What is the legal issue or question raised by the facts of this case. Said in another way, what is the legal issue or question the court (you) are trying to answer? Often, the chapter question provides you with the legal issue. Sometimes, you should try to be more specific. For instance, some questions ask at the end: "How should the court decide this case?" Of course, that is the general question of every single case ever tried in court. It isn't specific enough. Instead, a more specific way to state the issue might be, for instance, "Did the plaintiff breach the contract?" Rule - State and explain or define the law or rule that applies to this case. You will have read the rule somewhere in the chapter. For instance, it might look something like this: "Battery is the intentional, offensive, unwanted physical touching of another." In this section, you do not discuss the facts of the case - you just state the rule that would apply in any case involving this particular issue. Make sure you include an explanation of the rule - not
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