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Legal Writing

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

Case Explanations Checklist

  The Case Explanations illustrate cases with binding-effect that are most relevant to the issue or question presented.

 

  The Case Explanations illustrate relevant cases with a good number of facts that are analogous to or importantly distinguishable from the facts of the instant case.

 

  The Case Explanations begin with a thesis sentence that clearly and concisely states the legal principle of law that the subsequent case illustrates; the thesis sentence is not cited.

 

  The Case Explanations include all relevant facts that support the thesis statement and the court's reasoning, and state them clearly, concisely, and accurately.

 

  The Case Explanations include all relevant facts from each illustrated case that are used in the application's fact-to-fact comparisons.

 

  The Case Explanations do not use the formal names of the parties from the illustrated cases; rather, the Case Explanations identify the parties by their legal statuses (e.g. plaintiff/defendant, employer/employee, parent/child).

 

  The Case Explanations clearly, concisely, and accurately state each court's holding as to the issue or question presented.

 

The Case Explanations clearly, concisely, and accurately state each court's reasoning as to the determinative facts that informed the holding.

 

  The Case Explanations paraphrase how the cases applied the rule to the specific facts; thus, the Case Explanations avoid cutting-and-pasting and heavily quoting from the cases.

 

  The Case Explanations capitalize the word Court only when referring to the United States Supreme Court or the court where the legal document is to be filed, or when using the full name of any court.

 

  The Case Explanations appear in their own paragraph.

 

  The Case Explanations follow proper Bluebook citation (long and short form).