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This blog is for those who use my textbook, Criminal Law and Procedure: A Courtroom Perspective (SAGE, 2019), and for those who wonder how a lawyer looks at the world.

I take current events and dissect the event into how lawyers resolve issues, sometimes by presenting an analytical framework by an IRAC essay, sometimes by providing context for how legal questions are resolved. An IRAC (issue, rule, application, conclusion) essay is common in law school to determine how cases should be resolved based on the law as applied to the facts of the case.

An IRAC essay looks like this:

  • Issue: The legal question presented
  • Rule of Law: Legal rule that resolves the issue
  • Application: Applying the rule of the law to the facts of the situation
  • Conclusion: The answer to the issue

Lawyers apply the law to the facts. To help you think like a lawyer, I underline the law and apply it to the facts, in italics. Once you get the concept, try it yourself when you hear or read about any legal situation and you will be soon THINKING LIKE A LAWYER!

“College Admissions Scandal Symptoms of a Greater Problem”

“College Admissions Scandal Symptoms of a Greater Problem” March 12, 2019 (Jirard Criminal Law & Procedure: A Courtroom Perspective, offenders, pp. 18-20; attempt and conspiracy, pp. 87-90; mail and wire fraud, pp. 140-145). All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. My old office, the U.S. Attorney in Boston, Massachusetts, made […]
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