I’ve been thinking that I want to write a brief guide for some more academic content, to share things that I’ve learned – and one of the biggest subjects where I really learned a lot was in the course “Legal Issues for Managers” (which has been revamped as Introduction to Business Law from this trimester, and now includes more content, if it really wasn’t already enough to pack into twelve weeks already). Well, it was one of the most stimulating courses that I’ve taken so far. Not only was it really interesting to learn about the Law, Contracts, Corporations Law and Agency, Employment Relations law and Anti-Discrimination legislation in the workplace. Due to the nature of the course’s exam (being open book) I was MORE organized than ever with my study notes! I also managed to achieve 98.5% in the course, which was reported as being the highest result in the course ever! So I definitely feel on that basis alone I have a bit of weight in offering some advice in writing an ILAC answer for Business Law.
So I could presume that you already know what ILAC means, but just in case, just a brief introduction. ILAC is an acronym for a certain structure used in writing up legal advice. We were told that it was industry professionals that were behind this methodology being taught to us in the course, and really I can see why. It really sets things out nicely.
- I – Issues – Where you state the particular issues that are involved in your hypothetical response, formed as questions to be answered by the end of your response.
- L – Law – Where you outline the legislation and case law involved in your response, with a brief label for each as to the basic legal principle drawn from it.
- A – Application – This is the biggest part of the answer, where, in essay form, you work your way, step by step, through the Law mentioned above, and explain the principles that they contain, and then apply the principles of the Law directly to the facts of your hypothetical.
- C – Conclusion – Here is where you go back and provide in brief an answer to your issues, including whatever procedures should be followed and available remedies.
So that’s the form in brief. Obviously, different types of Law will have a little different approach in terms of what kinds of issues you address and even what logical order you would follow. (In our course, we were given a Template to follow for Agency and Anti-Discrimination, as these were the main ILACs to be written in our final exam. So obviously pay attention to these, and then key your notes into these templates.) Continue reading