Legal Analysis: There’s a Template for That! By Nancy J. White Key Words: LEGAL ANALYSIS, LEGAL FRAME WORKING, LEGAL ANALYSIS TEMPLATE, LEGAL STUDIES EDUCATION, CRITICAL THINKING, PROBLEM SOLVING
Abstract: Legal analysis is an important and difficult skill to teach students. The relationships between the law and facts, and the use of the facts to support a legal conclusion, require practice. This paper introduces a technique called the "Legal Analysis Template" which helps students breakdown the law into elements, and then apply the facts to the law in order to support a legal conclusion. Students fill in the section of the template to reach a conclusion supported by both facts and law.