Course outcome addressed in this Assignment:
Use principles of sound reasoning.
This week you will use the IRAC paradigm to discuss the legal issues raised by your client’s fact pattern. Draft a IRAC Brief that:
- States the issue
- Identifies and explains the rule that governs that issue
- Applies the rule to your client’s facts
- Concludes with a prediction about how the issue will be decided
Joe Smith was driving from his home in Little Rock, AR, to Bentonville, AR. Traveling with him was his dachshund, Zippy. Zippy was riding in the back seat of Joe’s car. When Joe stopped at a highway rest stop, he opened the door to let Zippy take a bathroom break but did not put Zippy’s leash on. Zippy jumped out of the car and ran into the woods, and Joe was unable to find her. According to the statute and case below, has Joe committed the offense of Cruelty to Animals?
A person commits the offense of cruelty to animals if he or she knowingly abandons an animal at a location without providing for the animal’s continued care. Ark. Code Ann. § 5-62-103 (West).
An act or failure to act is “knowingly done” if done voluntarily and intentionally and not because of mistake or accident or some other innocent reason. Sewell v. United States, 406 F.2d 1289 (8th Cir. 1969)
Your Law School Personal Statement needs to be organized and structured properly with IRAC.
Now regarding the mechanical form of the Law School Personal Statement… Once you arrive in in law school you will be introduced to the IRAC method of organizing your writing:
ISSUE – Identify the issue your writing concerns.
RULE – Identify the Rule of Law that applies to the Issue.
ANALYSIS – Analyze how the Rule applies to the Issue.
CONCLUSION – State your Conclusion based on your analysis.
This IRAC form should be repeated for every legal issue you have to address in any document you draft for any court, employer, or client.
Paragraph 1 = Introduction to your law school admission essay (general answer to question) – worked for a lawyer, personality type, full investigation, prepared myself, etc. Ex: “It is clear and unequivocal that the decision to become a lawyer requires extensive research and preparation. I believe that I have conducted not only a thorough academic investigation of what is required to become a lawyer but also put forth significant efforts to discover what it is really like to practice law” then summarize your justification. (Don’t copy this… enough people view this website to make plagiarism a significant risk.)
Paragraph 2 = First reason for wanting to become a lawyer:
ISSUE – “My primary basis for determining that the law is the proper career path for me concerns a summer internship I had at one of the top law firms in the state.”
RULE – “Experience is the most efficient teacher and I learned more about the practice of law from this internship than any other book or tutorial program.”
ANALYSIS – Talk about your experience, analyze what you did and what you learned and present same to the reader. “During my tenure at___ I was responsible for ___…. I learned ___… It felt amazing to accomplish…”
CONCLUSION – Having experienced working at a law firm first hand, I can confidently state that that the practice of law is the career for me.
Paragraph 3 = Repeat IRAC for your second reason.
Paragraph 4 = Repeat IRAC for your third reason.
Paragraph 5 = Summarize and state your overall conclusion.
So then, going forward with drafting your law school admission essay; 1) determine your reasons for applying to law school, 2) pick specific actions or examples that display PAAC and then 3) outline everything on paper with IRAC 4) then start your formal drafting, 5) revise over and over and over.