Our Perspective on IRAC

The Second Draft, November 1995

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Christina L. Kunz

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Deborah A. Schmedemann

William Mitchell College of Law

Date Written: November 1, 1995

Abstract

In this brief article, the authors present their view of IRAC, an acronym for Issue, Relevant law, Application to facts, and Conclusion. The authors conclude that IRAC can be taught so that students understand not only why it is useful as a thinking and writing tool, but also that proper use of it requires judgment and creativity. When IRAC is presented this way, the authors assert, it can serve first-year students well as they study legal writing. And they will operate accordingly, even without being aware of its influence, during their years as practicing lawyers.

Keywords: IRAC, legal research, legal education

Suggested Citation

Kunz, Christina L. and Schmedemann, Deborah A., Our Perspective on IRAC (November 1, 1995). The Second Draft, November 1995, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1740766

Christina L. Kunz (Contact Author)

Mitchell Hamline School of Law ( email )

875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-3076
United States

Deborah A. Schmedemann

William Mitchell College of Law ( email )

875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-3076
United States

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