From the introduction to Lara Freed and Joel Atlas’s A Structural Approach to Case Synthesis, Fact Application, and Persuasive Framing of the Law, 26 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 50 (2018):
Among the thorniest of [lawyering-skills] are synthesizing cases, applying facts, and persuasively framing the law. Professors struggle to teach these skills, and students consistently struggle to understand and implement them. To lighten the burden for both professors and students, we have approached these skills structurally and, in doing so, have identified the fundamental components of the skills and common pitfalls associated with understanding and implementing them. With this foundation, we have created teaching models and examples that provide professors with a systematic, refined method for helping students acquire these skills.