It’s easier to explain the IRAC method by using some actual examples – it’s also much easier to understand this way. Here: IRAC exam script example (corporations law) This pdf file is also in my post on exam scripts (which you should definitely visit to learn how IRAC can be used when preparing your exam notes). I think it was the first time that the IRAC method really clicked for me: IRAC method for an essay (contract law essay) I’ve included some comments in the side of the document for some extra explanation.
You will find another IRAC example for contract law on my post on exam scripts.
To make the best use of time, refer back to what you have already written in the murder section.
Just as a warning – only refer back to things in the same answer.
Don’t rewrite your answer in your conclusion section.
Your conclusion is essentially a “yes” or “no” response to the issue (eg “the plaintiff’s title to the property is not indefeasible”).
Answers in law school should be concise and relevant – the IRAC method will assist, but you still need to consider everything you write down and query whether its relevant.
Fluff and padding will not help your marks and will not make up for the fact that you don’t know what you’re talking about.
A problem that many law students face is failing to adapt to the academic environment of law school.
It takes time to reverse old habits and realise that an introduction is no longer necessary.