How to Write Law Essays and Exams provides a practical and proven method of analysing and answering essay and exam questions. Using the techniques in this book will not only help students write more powerful and responsive essays and exams but will also improve their appreciation of how to undertake critical legal thinking. Furthermore, the suggestions in this text will help students manage their time better, allowing them to write top essays despite time pressures. The book focuses on those questions that give students the most trouble, namely problem questions, but its techniques are equally applicable to other types of essays. In addition to providing a framework for analysing and writing law essays, the book teaches how to identify relevant legal authorities, distinguish and harmonise conflicting legal precedents and evaluate the applicability of the law to the facts of the question at hand. The book also contains specific law-related revision techniques and general writing tips.
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- 1. An introduction to writing law essays and exams
- 2. Building the necessary foundation: reading, understanding and summarising legal materials
- 3. Step one in the IRAC method: the issue
- 4. Step two in the IRAC method: the rule
- 5. Step three in the IRAC method: the application
- 6. Step four in the IRAC method: the conclusion
- 7. Adapting IRAC to ‘discuss’ questions
- 8. General tips on legal writing
- 9. Adapting IRAC for professional practice
- 10. Worked questions