Use a newspaper, news magazine, or the internet (including articles posted on Canvas by instructor) to find a current article (if uncertain, please see the instructor to have your topic approved) related to business law to write about. Briefly summarize your article and include some interesting facts or highlights. Lastly, and most importantly, discuss any concerns, issues, or thoughts you have about the subject matter raised in the article. This will be done by writing an IRAC (Issue, Rule, Analysis, Conclusion) about the article.
Topics for this IRAC include any one of these subjects: Ethics, Employment Law, Discrimination, or Sexual Harassment
Summary – write a brief summary of the article or case (no more than one (1) page. Four things to remember when writing a summary:
- use your words and phrases, not the author’s
- use key points only…no minute details.
- represent the material accurately and fairly
- cite your source!!!!!!!!
Issue(s) – are written in the form of questions! These issues are questions one might ask regarding how the law applies to the article you have chosen.
Rules – are the laws/rules that the writer thinks may apply to the issues.
Analysis – is where the writer either proves or disproves the application of the rules to the issue question. This is THE major focus of the paper….critical thinking must be applied.
Conclusion – will take one of two approaches. First, if the court has decided the case, do you agree with the decision? Why, or why not? If the court has yet to make a decision, what do you think needs to be done, and why. Please note that the conclusion to this paper is different than with the Mini IRAC format.
There is no minimum or limitation to the length of the paper. The writer’s approach is to be concise, organized, and complete in the presentation of the case. If you need any further clarification of this assignment, please make an appointment to see me during office hours.
Be sure to attach the news article/court case to your essay. If the article/case is not attached a score will not be given. The attachment can be in the form of a link to a web page.