, and so is the approach to answering problem based questions. Don’t get me wrong, the idea behind IRAC is as simple as things can get – the difficulty is in the execution.
The IRAC method will help you structure your exams and essays, so forget everything you currently know about answering questions and take a read! An easy way to explain the IRAC method is to talk about the things that are most likely to trip you up when using it.
You might get a few of these in an exam, but unfortunately, they are not in abundance!
Most questions will have overlapping issues and this is where structure becomes really important.
A 3,000 word assignment might sound like a lot before you start but most people will find themselves scrambling to delete words at the end.
This might mean you need remove any discussion of minor ancillary issues, even if what you wrote is correct.
Instead, just write down the issue as a question or a statement.
For example: “the issue in this situation is whether plaintiff’s title to the property is indefeasible.” That’s it – now move on to the rule section.
I remember writing a short introduction in a problem based assignment (which I thought was different to an exam, for some unknown reason) even when the lecturer told us not to!
In my defence it was early on in my first year (fine – second half of my first year).