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Legal Writing

This guide assists first-year law students with the CREAC format used in legal writing.

Overarching Conclusion Checklist

  The Overarching Conclusion precisely and concisely states the likelihood of the outcome.

 

  The Overarching Conclusion precisely and concisely answers the legal question and acknowledges the governing law.

 

  The Overarching Conclusion includes a because statement that precisely and concisely explains the reasons for the outcome.

 

  The Overarching Conclusion uses the because statement to show how the key, determinative facts trigger the rule.

 

  The Overarching Conclusion appears under the DISCUSSION as a point heading: single-spaced, ALL-CAPS, bold, left-indented.

 

  The Overarching Conclusion, when stated in a heading-format, is no more than five lines.

 

  Alternative Formatting: the Overarching Conclusion appears under the DISCUSSION as a conclusion preceding the Overarching Rule.

 

  Alternative Formatting: the Overarching Conclusion appears as a point heading and as a conclusion sentence preceding the Overarching Rule; here, the substance of the conclusions are the same, but the words are not.