Simple Steps: Teaching Legal Argumentation Using the Legal Argument Template

Nancy Jean White

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Law professors continually struggle with teaching students how to write simple legal arguments and how to solve simple legal problems. This paper introduces a template, called the “legal argument template” to aid students in learning how to understand and to write actual simple legal arguments. The legal argument template provides a method for teaching simple legal problem solving to undergraduate learners with little or no previous or background knowledge of how to prepare legal arguments or indeed any type of argument. This technique fits comfortably with, and is based upon, the IRAC (issue, rule, application, and conclusion) technique used by law professors to teach both legal briefing and legal argumentation. The legal argument template’s advantage over the IRAC approach is it gives more guidance in writing out the argument and forces students to more carefully develop the application section of the argument. This part is the most difficult section of an argument for beginners to write.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Legal Studies in Business
StatePublished - Dec 2009


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