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There are many different essay writing techniques for law school exams as well as the bar exam. We believe that the most basic technique for essay writing is to use the IRAC method (Issue, Rule, Application, & Conclusion). The IRAC method can be utilized as follows:
1. Read the question first. Determine the subject and spot the main issues. Number the issues and answer only the issues raised!
Twelve-year-old Billy purchased illegal fireworks from the Party Store (Assume there is a statue banning the sale of illegal fireworks). Billy brought the fireworks to the sidewalk in front of his school and began setting them off. As he lit a rocket, he stepped backwards into the street and was hit by a passing car. Billy’s parents sued Party Store for negligence. Party Store admitted that its employee sold Billy the illegal fireworks, and then moved for summary disposition contending that the Plaintiffs had failed to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. Plaintiffs also moved for summary disposition.
Write a brief opinion for the trial judge analyzing and ruling on these motions.
Model Answer-Outline (IRAC):
2. Rule: Define Negligence – violation of a statute
a. Parent’s argument: the Defendant admits liability by violating the statute.
a. Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Disposition is denied
b. Defendant’s Motion for Summary Disposition is granted.
Model Answer (IRAC):
Issue: Party Store is guilty of violating a statute which makes the sale of fireworks illegal. Parents sue for negligence. Is the Party Store guilty of negligence?
I. Negligence (Rule of Law)
II. Violation of statute as prima facie negligence (Application of Rule and Facts)
III. Proximate Cause (Application of Rule and Facts)
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