Flexible IRAC: A Best Practices Guide

41 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2015

Date Written: July 1, 2015


Existing scholarship on the organization of a legal analysis can be confusing. Different textbooks recommend different structures, and the terminology is inconsistent. IRAC has been criticized by some for being overly rigid. This Article seeks to synthesize the literature to create a “best practices guide” to IRAC. It identifies variations in IRAC using a common vocabulary, explains the strategic considerations that should play a role in selecting the right organization for a particular legal analysis, and ultimately aims to synthesize existing scholarship on organization to provide a flexible understanding of IRAC without sacrificing the usefulness of the paradigm. The article is based on the author's extensive review of articles and textbooks covering organization and a sampling of practitioner briefs.

Keywords: IRAC, CRAC, CREAC, organization, legal analysis, legal writing, structure

JEL Classification: K41

Suggested Citation

Turner, Tracy L., Flexible IRAC: A Best Practices Guide (July 1, 2015). Southwestern Law School Research Paper No. 2015-16, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2633667 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2633667

Tracy L. Turner (Contact Author)

Southwestern Law School ( email )

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Los Angeles, CA 90010
United States

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