Using the acquired skills of IRAC writing, brief the case UNITED STATES v. EPPERSON. You do not need to recite any facts. Begin with your issue statement, then fully identify and explain the rule of law the court applied, present the court's application of the law to the facts, and set forth the conclusion.
How to IRAC United States v. Epperson
IRAC stands for I = Issue, R=Rule, A=Application, and C=Conclusion. It is one of the methods used in law schools to "brief" a case. Briefing a case means summarizing a case so that you can
- understand the issue/s that the court faced,
- the relevant law or rule that the court used to solve the issue/s,
- how the court applied the relevant law or rule to solve the issue/s, and
- what was the outcome of the case; what was the holding of the court; what was the conclusion of the case.
Briefing a case using the IRAC method will help you be ready to discuss the case in class and to compare and contrast the case to other cases involving similar issues. This helps students who are entering the legal field to do the legal research necessary to eventually write legal briefs either to support or appeal a case in court.
These are suggested steps that were taken from an article called "Hot to Brief a Case Using the 'IRAC' Method" from the California State University Northridge at http://www.csun.edu/~kkd61657/brief.pdf . I suggest you read it because it gives specific tips on how to IRAC.
- Read the case at least once before briefing the case. Get a total picture of what the case is about.
- Although you are not required to include the facts of the case in this assignment, keep in mind that the first section when ...
This is a "How To IRAC" 5,554 word document to assist students IRAC cases for their class. This document provides a step by step guide on how to identify the issue (I), the rule the court relied on (R), how the court applied the rule (A), and what was the outcome of the case - - -conclusion of the court (C). Included is an IRAC sample of United States v. Epperson.