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Legal Research and Writing

Rule Synthesis

Rule Synthesis

Learn how to synthesize legal rules in order to develop a complete description of a rule of law that pulls together common threads from multiple cases and reconciles discrepancies among them.


Rule synthesis is an important part of legal writing. Indeed, the R part of IREAC, which refers explicitly to the Rule portion of legal writing, implicitly acknowledges that rules must often be synthesized from multiple cases in order to be complete. Often, it is easy to write the Rule section of IREAC, and it requires no synthesis at all. For instance, if a statute provides a very simple and easy-to-understand rule such as: it is illegal to drive over the speed limit of 35 miles per hour in...