After Step 5, you should have found and organized 'the law'. In Step 6, you will divide and subdivide the applicable law into its elements and ingredients so that you cover the law comprehensively. This will help you rigorously analyze the law and facts of the case, which will in turn help you identify the legal and factual issues involved (Step 7).

The technique you will use combines a professional legal training program used in several common law countries193 with a variation of an approach called the 'circles method' developed by Graeme Blank.194 For each question you research, outline the following 3 levels of analysis.195

193 And is described in David Stott, Legal Research (1993) 22–28. Christopher S Enright, Studying Law (3rd ed, 1989) uses a similar approach.

194 Graeme Blank, 'Case Analysis—The "Circles Method"', paper presented at the Qld Bar Association Ethics and Advocacy Conference, Noosa, Queensland, Australia, 5–6 March 2005 (copy on file with author); Hugh Selby and Graeme Blank, Winning Advocacy: Preparation, Questions, Argument (2nd ed, 2004) 26–47.

195 Adapted from David Stott, Legal Research (1993). We deal with Stott's levels 4 and 5 in Step 7, below.

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