Organizing Legal Writing: The T-R-E-A-T Method - Explanation and Application Sections
27 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2015
Date Written: February 25, 2015
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
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