Hamline School of Law's Legal Writing Instructor Andrew W. Crouse recently gave the presentation, Teaching CREAC for Macro-Organization, at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference hosted by the University of Colorado Law School on March 22 - 24, 2013.
CREAC, which stands for Conclusion, Rule, Explanation of Rule, Analysis, and Conclusion, is a useful device for teaching students how to organize individual arguments. Many students, however, struggle with how to organize the argument section as a whole, especially when there are several issues and sub-issues. With a few adaptations, CREAC can also serve as a useful device for teaching students how to approach overall organization. Crouse's presentation explained how to adapt CREAC to overall organization and shared examples of in-class activities that reinforce this new skill.