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Writing an assignment is that part of a law student’s life which can be tedious and compelling at the same time/simultaneously. But regardless of the quality of the work, writing a Law assignment is an inevitable task every law student has to perform. Nowadays, almost all the Law assignments are in the form of the legal memo. In such assignments, students are presented with a hypothetical case, which they are required to solve in the light of the law. The best approach to complete assignment is COP (Case analysis, Organizing the facts, Prepare the structure). A step-by-step explanation of the procedure is given below-

Case and Law Analysis

A customary research work is an imperative task that every student is required to perform, before writing a law assignment. In order to conduct a proper analysis of the case use the following steps-

Step 1. Understand the different types of Law:

The obvious first step in this task would be to discern the category of law to which the issue may belong. There are various branches of Law, but in short they are divided into two major categories-

1.Criminal Law

The cases of assault, robbery, and murder come under the premises of Criminal law. The most important elements to be considered in such cases are- Actus reus and mens rea. Actus reus (Latin term for the ‘guilty act’) refers to the objective element of the crime, whereas mens rea (or guilty mind) clarifies the principle that a person who has committed the actus reus with the absence of mental fault is not liable to the punishment.

2.Civil Law

The civil law (or common law) is concerned about the rights and duties of different parties (any individual entity). It is a broad classification that includes several different sub-branches of law like business law, property law, tort Law, Human Rights, Family Law, Employment Law, Intellectual Property Law, etc.

Step 2. Evaluate the case:

In this step, you are required to analyze the given case. Try to pick out the important facts that are related to the question asked. For example, if you’re asked to solve a property law case, just mark out the relevant facts disregarding the additional information. Or you may simply follow Atticus Finch’s (To Kill a Mockingbird) advice ‘to delete the adjectives and have the facts.’

Organizing the Facts

After the research work, it is important to formulate the information of the case before preparing the actual report. Doing so will clearly define the outline of the paper. Moreover, organizing the facts antecedently, will reduce the chances of errors.

Step 1. Pair all the facts with relevant legal aspects

After deriving out the facts from the previous procedure, determine what acts or articles of law are applicable to the case. To achieve this, you have to do a lot of reading work, but the initial understanding of different types of law will exceedingly delimit the sources you would need to study.

Step 2. Frame the layout

In this phase, you should form the outline or layout of your paper. Predetermine what data should be added and what should be disregarded as redundant. It is best approach to complete assignment; the only difference is in the regards of the flow of data.

Prepare the Complete Structure

The golden rule to write law assignment is to follow the methodology of IRAC (pronounced as Eye-Rack) or its derivatives. IRAC here stands for Issue, Rule, Application, and Conclusion. Most law schools provide the guidelines on the structure of the assignment, but in case you’re not provided with proper instructions, you may use the following format-

  • State the case/question
  • Write in brief the conclusion (optional)
  • Jot down the derived facts
  • Briefly describe the law applicable on the case
  • Anatomize the facts with applicable law
  • Conclude the case

The structure mentioned above is influenced by the different derivatives of IRAC like HIRAC, FIRAC, MIRAT, and IDAR, etc.. You may use either of them individually as well. But do not use either of them without consulting your professor/supervisor.

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