Organizing Legal Writing: The T-R-E-A-T Method - Explanation and Application Sections

27 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2015

See all articles by Michael D. Murray

Michael D. Murray

University of Kentucky College of Law

Christy Hallam DeSanctis

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: February 25, 2015

Abstract

This paper is an excerpt from Chapter 6 of Legal Writing and Analysis, Second Edition (Foundation Press 2015). Chapter 6 deals with "Organizing Legal Writing: The T-R-E-A-T Method," which presents the T-R-E-A-T organizational paradigm for legal writing. T-R-E-A-T represents a refinement of I-R-A-C and C-R-E-A-C and other structural forms for legal writing based on the logical rule-based reasoning syllogism. Chapter 6 discusses the T (thesis headings), R (rule sections), E (explanation sections), A (application sections), and T (thesis restated as a conclusion). This excerpt presents the material on explanation sections and application sections. Thus, the excerpt covers the process of explaining rules and engaging in analogical reasoning through explanatory synthesis and case-by-case presentations. It contains many examples comparing synthesized explanation and application sections and unsynthesized, case-by-case comparisons.

Keywords: TREAT, paradigm, IRAC, CREAC, explanation, application, explanatory synthesis, case-by-case presentation, case-to-case analogical reasoning

JEL Classification: K1, K11, K13, K19, K39

Suggested Citation

Murray, Michael D. and DeSanctis, Christy Hallam, Organizing Legal Writing: The T-R-E-A-T Method - Explanation and Application Sections (February 25, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2569837 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2569837

Michael D. Murray (Contact Author)

University of Kentucky College of Law ( email )

620 S. Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40506-0048
United States
219-299-9777 (Phone)
859-323-1061 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://law.uky.edu/directory/michael-murray

Christy Hallam DeSanctis

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

2000 H Street, N.W.
Lerner 102
Washington, DC 20052
United States
202-994-1005 (Phone)

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
724
Abstract Views
3,483
rank
33,583
PlumX Metrics