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
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