What to Do When You Don't Know

What to Do When You Don't Know

Learn how to salvage vital points when, despite all your preparation, you come across a question . . . and find you just don’t know the relevant law or how it applies.


Welcome to What to Do When You Don’t Know! For most of this chapter, we’ve advocated using the CREAC format to discuss legal issues. CREAC stands for Conclusion, Rule, Explanation, Application, and Conclusion.

But CREAC assumes that you know the relevant legal rules. Each step depends on it. If you don’t know the rules, you can’t identify the issues, form conclusions, or apply the rules to the facts to support your conclusions.

I. The Doomsday Scenario: When You Don't Know the Rules

That begs...