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Law: Legal Writing (IRAC Essay / Memo / Thesis)

Legal Writing - IRAC Essays

Use IRAC to identify:

  • Issue(s): What happened? Who did it happen to? Where did it happen? What is the area of law? 
  • Rules: Identify relevant case law and legislation, focusing on legal principles
  • Application: Apply the law to the facts and develop legal arguments
  • Conclusion: Stand back and play 'judge', choose the argument that you think is strongest and justify why

  • IRAC Guide - The University of Western Australia has developed a useful guide to help you apply the IRAC method when working through a hypothetical legal problem.

Yin, K., & Moore, J. (2020). Neuroplasticity, belief bias and IRAC: Old pedagogy but brand-new tools for first-year legal education? Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association.

Legal Writing - Memos

Legal Writing - Statements of Claim

Legal Writing - Developing a Legal Research Topic

eBooks / Books - Legal Writing

Laying Down the Law

Robin Creyke, David Hamer, Patrick O'Mara, Belinda Smith and Tristan Taylor
LexisNexis Butterworths, 11th ed, 2020) [ebook]

Legal Problem Solving and Syllogistic Analysis: A Guide for Foundation Law Students

Yin, Kenneth & Anibeth Desierto
(LexisNexis Butterworths, 2016) [ebook]

Effective Legal Writing: A Practical Guide

Corbett-Jarvis, N and B Grigg 
(LexisNexis Butterworths, 3rd ed, 2020) [ebook]

Clear and Precise: Writing Skills for Today's Lawyer

MacDonald, Ros and D Clark-Dickson
(Thomson Reuters, 3rd ed, 2010) [ebook]

Legal Writing

Webley, Lisa
(Routledge, 4th ed, 2016) [ebook]

Legal Writing: Process, Analysis and Organization

Edwards, Linda H (Wolters Kluwer, 6th ed, 2014) [print]
Shelf location: 808.06634 EDW​

Plain Language for Lawyers

Asprey, Michle (Federation Press, 4th ed, 2010) [ebook]
Shelf location: 808.06634 ASP [print]

Practical Legal Skills: Developing Your Clinical Technique.

Hyams, Ross, Susan Campbell, & Adrian Evans (Oxford University Press, 4th ed, 2014) [ebook]

Students' Guide to Legal Writing, Law Exams and Self Assessment

Campbell, Enid, Richard Fox and Melissa De Zwart (Federation Press, 3rd ed, 2010) [ebook]

Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Fowler, HW, & J Butterworth (Ed.) (Oxford University Press, 4th ed, 2015) [ebook]

Dictionaries / Encyclopedias - Legal