Nearly every single law student concludes too quickly on their analysis. And they are missing an important word that links the elements of a rule to the facts of a fact pattern.

That magical word is very simple. It is “because.” This word helps professors understand that the law student understands why they came to that conclusion.

Put yourself in a professor’s shoes and take the professor’s viewpoint. If they are going through a law student’s analysis and they wonder why the student concluded the way they did, the student has not explained their analysis well. The professor is left baffled, and will think “okay this student gave me a conclusion, or an answer, but where is the analysis?” The analysis is the meat of a law student’s IRAC. It is the largest portion of their IRAC and it is worth the most points. So do yourself a favor and put because in each sentence in your A section of your IRAC.

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