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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. CUT
    Find out why legal analysis is an important skill and hear Q&A from fellow law students.
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    We want to hear what you think! Tell us about what you hope to gain from this course.
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    Introductory Exercise

    Try your hand at solving a legal analysis problem.
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    Hear From the Students

    Current 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 Outcomes

    In 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 Opinion

    Judicial 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 1

    A 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 2

    Another opportunity to practice identifying and extracting a rule of law from a judicial opinion.
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    Synthesizing a Rule of Law

    Some 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 Pattern

    Most 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 Answer

    Learn and practice using the IRAC structure to draft answers to essay exams.
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    Practice Exam

    It's time to try your hand at writing a law school exam answer!
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    Reviewing Your Exam with a Sample Answer

    How 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. CUT
    Join us to review the sample exam answer in greater depth.
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    Post-Program Survey

    Now that you've completed the course, tell us a little bit about your experience.