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Sample Legal Brief IRAC Method Business Law I (BLAW 280)

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How to Brief a Case Using the “IRAC” Method  Professor Ng  Updated January 4, 2019

IRAC method: Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion

Each case brief should be approximately one-page long. Prior to your I-R-A-C, provide a brief summary of pertinent facts and procedural history using the format described below.

Facts: Write a brief summary of the facts of the case. Hint: Do not simply restate all facts from the case; rather, repeat only those facts that were relevant to the court’s decision (application of law to the facts).

Procedural History: Explain where the case is in the court system. Was there a jury verdict or was the underlying case dismissed after a motion to dismiss or motion for summary judgment? Is the case brief from the trial court or is an appellate judge from court of appeal writing the case brief? Hint: You can often find the rocedural history in the last sentence or two from the case brief’s italicized statement of facts.

Example: “The trial court denied the defendant’s motion for summary judgment. Defendant then appealed to
the Florida Court of Appeal.”

Issue: What is the legal question that, when answered, determines the result of the particular case? The
issue should generally be one sentence long and in the form of a question. Most cases present one
issue. If you identify multiple issues, state each one and give the rules for all issues raised. The issue should almost always be case specific, mentioning the parties’ names and using specific facts of the case.

Hint: The more specific the better.
ACCEPTABLE: “Is Brown liable to White for false imprisonment?”
BETTER: “Is Brown liable to White for false imprisonment when he handcuffed White to the post while White remained asleep at all times?”
UNACCEPTABLE: “Will the plaintiff win?”



Business Law I (BLAW 280) Sample Legal Brief

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