What is I.R.A.C.?

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Sounds simple:

Identify the Issue

Identify the applicable Rule (Law)

Apply the Issue to the Rule (Analysis)

What Conclusion flows from your Analysis

What does I.R.A.C. have to do with the LSAT?

Every credited answer on the LSAT is the logical derivative of the information that precedes it.

Stated another way: every credited answer is the conclusion a reasoning mind would produce on its own if it:

Haven't heard this before?

No surprise there. IRAC is the method of learning used in law school and must be taught by someone who has learned to reason this way, i.e., a lawyer

But IRAC does not end in the classroom; it accompanies you in the courtroom, that is, in the practice of law

If an attorney is not at the front of the room you simply will not be taught how to reason this way

The LSAT requires you to reason this way

How does this work?

Issue: The Issue is presented through the question, e.g. :


All analysis begins with a precise understanding of the Issue presented

No understanding can be precise without definitions

Do you really know the definitions of “argument”, “infer”, or “assume” as they are used on this test?

If you don’t, and right now you almost certainly do not, a very long test day awaits you!

Rule (Law): The matter to which the Issue is applied

Where is the law on the LSAT?

If you don’t understand the law fully, you cannot apply the Issue to it, i.e., you’re toast

Analysis: The application of the Issue to the Law

Where the rubber hits the road!

All sections: Is your mind capable of systematically applying the Issue to the law?

Conclusion: The resolution to the Issue!

When your mind is as systematic as the minds which have developed these constructs, it will, produce on its own results strikingly similar to the credited responses!

You are now someone who understands what legal reasoning really is!