This is what IRAC stands for - it is a well-known acronym.
I = What is the legal issue of the case? The issue is the legal problem presented by the facts of the case.
R = What is the rule of the case? The rule is the applicable law.
A = What was the court's analysis and rationale?
C = What was the conclusion or outcome of the case?
OK, you always have to look for the opposite.
For example - the following elements must be proven to establish a case for battery: (1) an act by a defendant; (2) an intent to cause harmful or offensive contact on the part of the defendant; and (3) harmful or offensive contact to the plaintiff.
As to #1 - the defendant wasn't the person who did it OR the defedant did perform an act
As to #2 - the defendant didn't have the specific intent to cause harm OR it wasn't offensive contact
As to #3 - there was no contact OR no offensive contact to the plaintiff
You have to know the elements of the cause of action and then go the opposite for each and every one of them you can make an argument - remember that - for each and every element you can make an argument.
The Issue will be - what the defedant is going to defend with. For example - can the plaintiff prove "intent" for the battery - they have to prove each and every element for the tort of battery.
will the issue be offensive contact -
One of the elements of the tort or crime or breach will always be questionable - did they prove it. In a breach of contract action - did the plaintiff actually suffer damages.
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