Spotting the Issues

Spotting the Issues

Learn that, on exam day, your paramount task is to spot the issues the facts raise, and gain the skills to do this efficiently and effectively.


Welcome to Spotting the Issues! In this lesson, we’ll examine pre-writing step two, identifying the issues. 

Of course, when we say issues, we mean legal issues. A legal issue asks what outcome the law requires, given a specific factual situation. As we stated earlier, the facts raise the issues you’ll discuss in your answers, so the importance of carefully reading the facts cannot be overstated.

I. Classifying Legal Issues

Issues are either primary or subsidiary. A primary issue poses an...