The IRAC Method

The IRAC method is the standard of legal writing, structured to communicate logical reasoning in a precise fashion.

The key to such precise communication is to give the audience an efficient and effective argument by presenting all pertinent facts, applicable rules, and the logical framework of that argument. If all of these elements are provided, the logical conclusion should be self-evident.

An IRAC provides such a self-evident conclusion by leading the reader through the logical analysis of an argument: highlighting the legal Issues at hand, presenting the applicable legal Rules, Applying those rules to the pertinent facts at hand; and finally, yielding the logical Conclusion of the argument in question.

The following articles have been designed to break down the components of the IRAC method and introduce some new concepts that can make the IRAC even better.

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