Legal Analysis Boot Camp
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About the course
Lawyers are problem-solvers which is the reason why much of what you will be learning in law school emphasizes solving problems like a lawyer. Specifically, lawyers use inductive and deductive reasoning to find the answers to legal questions. In this course, you'll be guided through the process of solving a series of legal questions so you can begin to establish this crucial skill before your first day of law school.
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Welcome to Legal Analysis Boot Camp! (Recorded Event)Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - 10:30 p.m. to 11:29 p.m. CUTFind out why legal analysis is an important skill and hear Q&A from fellow law students.
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Pre-SurveyWe want to hear what you think! Tell us about what you hope to gain from this course.
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Introductory ExerciseTry your hand at solving a legal analysis problem.
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Hear From the StudentsCurrent law students share how strengthening logical reasoning skills helped them on their law school exams and in job placement.
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Introduction and Learning OutcomesIn this brief module, we'll explain the goals and learning outcomes of Legal Analysis Boot Camp and what you can expect from the program.
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What is a Rule of Law?Rules of law form the backbone of legal analysis. In this module, you'll learn the definition of a rule of law and how to recognize one.
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An Introduction to Deductive Reasoning (IRAC)IRAC (Issue-Rule-Application-Conclusion) is a core unit of legal analysis. You can use IRAC to help you better understand cases and structure your answers on law school exams. This module will introduce you to the components of IRAC and how to make use of this powerful tool.
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The Components of a Judicial OpinionJudicial opinions are not narratives; they are functional problem-solving documents. To extract the rule of law from a judicial opinion, you need to understand all the components contained in a judicial opinion and how to identify them.
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Extracting the Rule of Law - Part 1A large part of reading cases for class is identifying and extracting the rule of law from a judicial opinion. This module will provide you with the raw material you need to perform your own legal analysis on your exams.
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Extracting the Rule of Law - Part 2Another opportunity to practice identifying and extracting a rule of law from a judicial opinion.
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Synthesizing a Rule of LawSome rules of law are complete; others need to be put together piece by piece like a jigsaw puzzle. In this module, you'll learn how to do just that.
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Dissecting a Fact PatternMost law school exams will present you with something called a "fact pattern" - a hypothetical scenario you must analyze using the substantive rules of law you've learned over the semester. In this module, we'll analyze the fact pattern that will form the basis for the upcoming practice exam.
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Using IRAC to Generate Your Exam AnswerLearn and practice using the IRAC structure to draft answers to essay exams.
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Practice ExamIt's time to try your hand at writing a law school exam answer!
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Reviewing Your Exam with a Sample AnswerHow did you do on the practice exam? Let's compare your answer to a sample answer and learn ways to improve your exam technique based on this comparison.
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Legal Analysis Boot Camp Wrap-Up (Recorded Event)Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 10:30 p.m. to 11:29 p.m. CUTJoin us to review the sample exam answer in greater depth.
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Post-Program SurveyNow that you've completed the course, tell us a little bit about your experience.