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The authors agree that IRAC provides a good starting point to explain the components of legal argument. It requires students to present a good, clear statement of law, a clear and affirmative statement of the issue, an articulation of applicable rules, an analysis and an application of facts to rules of law, and a statement of the ultimate conclusion or prediction. These elements are essential components of good legal writing that should be contained in all good and thorough legal writing from inter-office memoranda and persuasive court briefs to law school exams.

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THE SECOND DRAFT (The Legal Writing Institute), Nov. 1995, at 9