Thinking Like a Lawyer

Author: Frederick Schauer
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674032705
Release Date: 2009-04-27
Genre: Law

This primer on legal reasoning is aimed at law students and upper-level undergraduates. But it is also an original exposition of basic legal concepts that scholars and lawyers will find stimulating. It covers such topics as rules, precedent, authority, analogical reasoning, the common law, statutory interpretation, legal realism, judicial opinions, legal facts, and burden of proof.

Thinking Like a Lawyer

Author: Kenneth J. Vandevelde
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780813345253
Release Date: 2010-12-28
Genre: Political Science

When Kenneth J. Vandevelde's Thinking Like a Lawyer first published, it became an instant classic, considered by many to be the gold standard introduction to legal reasoning. In this long-awaited second edition, intended for fans of the original and a new generation of lawyers, Vandevelde expands his classic work with useful revisions and updates throughout. Law students, law professors, and lawyers frequently refer to the process of “thinking like a lawyer,” but attempts to analyze in any systematic way what is meant by that phrase are rare. Vandevelde defines this elusive phrase and identifies the techniques involved in thinking like a lawyer. Unlike most legal writings, plagued by difficult, virtually incomprehensible language, Vandevelde's work is accessible and clearly written. The second edition features new sections on the legislative process—describing step-by-step how legislation is enacted—and the judicial process—describing step-by-step how a case is litigated in court. Other new sections address the significance of dissenting and concurring opinions as well as the role of cognitive bias in factual determinations and on persuading a jury, on burdens of proof, and on presumptions. A new chapter provides contemporary perspectives on legal reasoning, which includes new material on feminist legal theory, critical race theory, and the economics of law. A new appendix is intended for prospective law students, explaining how readers can use the techniques in the book to help them excel in law school. Vandevelde's Thinking Like a Lawyer will help students, lawyers, and lay readers alike gain important insight into a well-developed and valuable way of thinking. Professors and students will find the book useful in almost any introductory law course at the graduate level and in advanced undergraduate courses on law.

Beyond Legal Reasoning a Critique of Pure Lawyering

Author: Jeffrey Lipshaw
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781315410807
Release Date: 2017-03-27
Genre: Law

The concept of learning to ‘think like a lawyer’ is one of the cornerstones of legal education in the United States and beyond. In this book, Jeffrey Lipshaw provides a critique of the traditional views of ‘thinking like a lawyer’ or ‘pure lawyering’ aimed at lawyers, law professors, and students who want to understand lawyering beyond the traditional warrior metaphor. Drawing on his extensive experience at the intersection of real world law and business issues, Professor Lipshaw presents a sophisticated philosophical argument that the "pure lawyering" of traditional legal education is agnostic to either truth or moral value of outcomes. He demonstrates pure lawyering’s potential both for illusions of certainty and cynical instrumentalism, and the consequences of both when lawyers are called on as dealmakers, policymakers, and counsellors. This book offers an avenue for getting beyond (or unlearning) merely how to think like a lawyer. It combines legal theory, philosophy of knowledge, and doctrine with an appreciation of real-life judgment calls that multi-disciplinary lawyers are called upon to make. The book will be of great interest to scholars of legal education, legal language and reasoning as well as professors who teach both doctrine and thinking and writing skills in the first year law school curriculum; and for anyone who is interested in seeking a perspective on ‘thinking like a lawyer’ beyond the litigation arena.

An Introduction to Legal Reasoning

Author: Edward H. Levi
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226089867
Release Date: 2013-10-11
Genre: Political Science

Originally published in 1949, An Introduction to Legal Reasoning is widely acknowledged as a classic text. As its opening sentence states, “This is an attempt to describe generally the process of legal reasoning in the field of case law and in the interpretation of statutes and of the Constitution.” In elegant and lucid prose, Edward H. Levi does just that in a concise manner, providing an intellectual foundation for generations of students as well as general readers. For this edition, the book includes a substantial new foreword by leading contemporary legal scholar Frederick Schauer that helpfully places this foundational book into its historical and legal contexts, explaining its continuing value and relevance to understanding the role of analogical reasoning in the law. This volume will continue to be of great value to students of logic, ethics, and political philosophy, as well as to members of the legal profession and everyone concerned with problems of government and jurisprudence.

Promoting Law Student and Lawyer Well Being in Australia and Beyond

Author: Rachel Field
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317074748
Release Date: 2016-04-14
Genre: Law

University can be a psychologically distressing place for students. Empirical studies in Australia and the USA highlight that a large number of law students suffer from psychological distress, when compared to students from other disciplines and members of the general population. This book explores the significant role that legal education can play in the promotion of mental health and well-being in law students, and consequently in the profession. The volume considers the ways in which the problems of psychological distress amongst law students are connected to the way law and legal culture are taught, and articulates curricula and extra-curricula strategies for promoting wellbeing for law students. With contributions from legal academics, legal practitioners and psychologists, the authors discuss the possible causes of psychological distress in the legal community, and potential interventions that may increase psychological well-being. This important book will be of interest to legal academics, law students, members of the legal profession, post-graduate researchers as well as non-law researchers interested in this area.

Failures of American Civil Justice in International Perspective

Author: James R. Maxeiner
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139504898
Release Date: 2011-08-29
Genre: Law

Civil justice in the United States is neither civil nor just. Instead it embodies a maxim that the American legal system is a paragon of legal process which assures its citizens a fair and equal treatment under the law. Long have critics recognized the system's failings while offering abundant criticism but few solutions. This book provides a comparative-critical introduction to civil justice systems in the United States, Germany and Korea. It shows the shortcomings of the American system and compares them with German and Korean successes in implementing the rule of law. The author argues that these shortcomings could easily be fixed if the American legal systems were open to seeing how other legal systems' civil justice processes handle cases more efficiently and fairly. Far from being a treatise for specialists, this book is an introductory text for civil justice in the three aforementioned legal systems.

Legal Reasoning in Environmental Law

Author: Douglas Fisher
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 9781781008973
Release Date: 2013-09-30
Genre: Law

ŠI am afraid that an endorsement of this kind, however condense and packed with praise, cannot do justice to Doug Fisher�s latest book. A respected and seasoned environmental law scholar, Fisher skilfully reminds us that law is about language and that

Rechtsprechung und Parlamentsgesetz

Author: Philipp Lassahn
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 3161553845
Release Date: 2017-06-12
Genre: Law

Was waren Gerichte ohne das Gesetz? Im verfassungsrechtlichen Diskurs unter dem Grundgesetz ist mitunter eine gewisse Skepsis gegenuber den Kompetenzen der Rechtsprechung auszumachen. Weitgehend ungeklart ist die Frage, ob auch ihr gegenuber der so genannte allgemeine Vorbehalt des Gesetzes gilt. Dieses Instrument besagt, dass die Verwaltung - jedenfalls in "wesentlichen" Fragen - keine eigenen Entscheidungen treffen darf, sondern auf eine Vorentscheidung des Gesetzgebers angewiesen ist. Teilweise wird verlangt, diesen Grundsatz auch auf die Gerichte anzuwenden. Gerade auf Grund ihrer besonders kargen demokratischen Legitimation seien auch sie stets auf eine gesetzliche Grundlage angewiesen, sobald es um "wesentliche" Fragen geht. Vor dem Hintergrund historischer und rechtsanwendungstheoretischer Uberlegungen begegnet Philipp Lassahn solchen Ansatzen und stellt dabei auch die Vorstellung eines verfassungsrechtlich gebotenen "Legitimationsniveaus" in Frage.


Author: Christian Bumke
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 3161552393
Release Date: 2017-07-24
Genre: Law

Das rechtsdogmatische Denken und Arbeiten pragen die deutsche Rechtswissenschaft. Ausgehend von den identitatsstiftenden Vorstellungen einer Ordnung des positiven Rechts, den juridischen Funktionen und dem ihr immanenten Richtigkeitsanspruch durchdringt und ordnet die Rechtsdogmatik den Rechtsstoff, um die rechtspraktische Arbeit anzuleiten. Von welchen Selbstverstandnissen sie bei ihrer Arbeit getragen wird, worin sie ihre Aufgaben sieht und auf welche Weisen sie diese zu erledigen sucht, diese Fragen bilden den Untersuchungsgegenstand der Studie. Christian Bumke kartographiert in der vorliegenden Bestandsaufnahme die Denkweisen und erschliesst exemplarisch die Arbeitsweisen. Es zeigt sich dabei, dass auf der Basis gemeinsamer Grunduberzeugungen eine fruchtbare Vielfalt unterschiedlicher Selbstverstandnisse daruber besteht, was Rechtsdogmatik ist und soll.

Fundamentals of Legal Argumentation

Author: Eveline T. Feteris
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9789402411294
Release Date: 2017-08-08
Genre: Philosophy

This book is an updated and revised edition of Fundamentals of Legal Argumentation published in 1999. It discusses new developments that have taken place in the past 15 years in research of legal argumentation, legal justification and legal interpretation, as well as the implications of these new developments for the theory of legal argumentation. Almost every chapter has been revised and updated, and the chapters include discussions of recent studies, major additions on topical issues, new perspectives, and new developments in several theoretical areas. Examples of these additions are discussions of recent developments in such areas as Habermas' theory, MacCormick's theory, Alexy's theory, Artificial Intelligence and law, and the pragma-dialectical theory of legal argumentation. Furthermore it provides an extensive and systematic overview of approaches and studies of legal argumentation in the context of legal justification in various legal systems and countries that have been important for the development of research of legal argumentation. The book contains a discussion of influential theories that conceive the law and legal justification as argumentative activity. From different disciplinary and theoretical angles it addresses such topics as the institutional characteristics of the law and the relation between general standards for moral discussions and legal standards such as the Rule of Law. It discusses patterns of legal justification in the context of different types of problems in the application of the law and it describes rules for rational legal discussions. The combination of the sound basis of the first edition and the discussions of new developments make this new edition an up-to-date and comprehensive survey of the various theoretical influences which have informed the study of legal argumentation. It discusses salient backgrounds to this field as well as major approaches and trends in the contemporary research. It surveys the relevant theoretical factors both from various continental law traditions and common law countries.

Stateless Law

Author: Helge Dedek
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317050193
Release Date: 2016-03-03
Genre: Law

This volume offers a critical analysis and illustration of the challenges and promises of ’stateless’ law thought, pedagogy and approaches to governance - that is, understanding and conceptualizing law in a post-national condition. From common, civil and international law perspectives, the collection focuses on the definition and role of law as an academic discipline, and hybridity in the practice and production of law. With contributions by a diverse and international group of scholars, the collection includes fourteen chapters written in English and three in French. Confronting the ’transnational challenge’ posed to the traditional theoretical and institutional structures that underlie the teaching and study of law in the university, the seventeen authors of Stateless Law: Evolving Boundaries of a Discipline bring new insight to the ongoing and crucial conversation about the future shape of legal scholarship, education and practice that is emblematic of the early twenty-first century. This collection is essential reading for academics, institutions and others involved in determining the future roles, responsibilities and education of jurists, as well as for academics interested in Law, Sociology, Political Science and Education.

Intellectual Property and the Common Law

Author: Shyamkrishna Balganesh
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107470071
Release Date: 2013-09-02
Genre: Law

In this volume, leading scholars of intellectual property and information policy examine what the common law - a method of reasoning, an approach to rule making, and a body of substantive law - can contribute to discussions about the scope, structure and function of intellectual property. The book presents an array of methodologies, substantive areas and normative positions, tying these concepts together by looking to the common law for guidance. Drawing on interdisciplinary ideas and principles that are embedded within the working of common law, it shows that the answers to many of modern intellectual property law's most puzzling questions may be found in the wisdom, versatility and adaptability of the common law. The book argues that despite the degree of interdisciplinary specialization in the field, intellectual property is fundamentally a creation of the law; therefore, the basic building blocks of the law can shed important light on what intellectual property can and should (and was perhaps meant to) be.

Research Methods in Law

Author: Dawn Watkins
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135051372
Release Date: 2013-07-18
Genre: Law

The aim of this book is to explain in clear terms some of the main methodological approaches in legal research. This is an edited collection, with each chapter written by specialists in their field, researching in a variety of jurisdictions. Each contributor addresses the topic of "lay decision makers in the legal system" from one particular methodological perspective, explaining how they would approach the issue and discussing why their particular method might, or might not, be suited to this topic. In asking all contributors to focus on the same topic, the editors have sought to provide a common link throughout the text, thereby providing the reader with an opportunity to draw comparisons between methods with relative ease. In light of the broad geographical range of its contributors, the book is aimed at an international readership. This book will be of particular interest to PhD students in law, but it will also be of use to undergraduate dissertation students in law, LL.M Research students as well as prospective PhD students and early year researchers.

The Oxford Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning

Author: Keith J. Holyoak
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199313792
Release Date: 2013-05-23
Genre: Psychology

The Oxford Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning brings together the contributions of many of the leading researchers in thinking and reasoning to create the most comprehensive overview of research on thinking and reasoning that has ever been available.

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Law

Author: Andrei Marmor
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415878180
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Law

The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Law provides a comprehensive, non-technical philosophical treatment of the fundamental questions about the nature of law. Its coverage includes law's relation to morality and the moral obligations to obey the law, the main philosophical debates about particular legal areas such as criminal responsibility, property, contracts, family law, law and justice in the international domain, legal paternalism and the rule of law. The entirely new content has been written specifically for newcomers to the field, making the volume particularly useful for undergraduate and graduate courses in philosophy of law and related areas. All 39 chapters, written by the world's leading researchers and edited by an internationally distinguished scholar, bring a focused, philosophical perspective to their subjects. The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Law promises to be a valuable and much consulted student resource for many years.