The title is not a misprint. This is not a post about Iraq. It's about IRAC — a technique for answering American law school exams.
UM has a lot of services designed to help students who are having trouble in law school. Most of these push IRAC, a very mechanical and ultimately unhelpful approach to answering questions. Since this is the lifeline we throw the flailing I feel somewhat estopped from undermining it. But I have never liked IRAC. IRAC will sometimes take a “C” or “C-” student up to a C+, which is something (it can keep you off academic probation), but not enough. Until now I've never had a good short explanation of why it's unlikely to take you much farther.
In the future, however, I will point students to Heidi Bond's latest essay, Exam Tips 1: Why IRAC sucks.
And, as always, I will tell them that their goal should be to get to Maybe.