An Introduction to Legal Reasoning

  • Filename: an-introduction-to-legal-reasoning.
  • ISBN: 0226474062
  • Release Date: 2009-01-21
  • Number of pages: 112
  • Author: Edward H. Levi
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press



This volume will be of interest and value to students of logic, ethics, and political philosophy, as well as to members of the legal profession and to everyone concerned with problems of government and jurisprudence. By citing a large number of cases, the author makes his presentation of the processes of judicial interpretation particularly lucid.

An Introduction to Legal Reasoning

  • Filename: an-introduction-to-legal-reasoning.
  • ISBN: 9780226089867
  • Release Date: 2013-10-11
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Author: Edward H. Levi
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press



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.

Thinking Like a Lawyer

  • Filename: thinking-like-a-lawyer.
  • ISBN: 9780813345253
  • Release Date: 2010-12-28
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Kenneth J. Vandevelde
  • Publisher: Westview Press



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.

An Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning

  • Filename: an-introduction-to-law-and-legal-reasoning.
  • ISBN: 0735525943
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Number of pages: 178
  • Author: Steven J. Burton
  • Publisher: Aspen Publishers



In addition to the wide range of quality textbooks specially created for paralegal programs, Aspen Law & Business also offers a number of law school resources that you may find suitable for use in your course area.

Thinking Like a Lawyer

  • Filename: thinking-like-a-lawyer.
  • ISBN: 9780674032705
  • Release Date: 2009-04-27
  • Number of pages: 239
  • Author: Frederick Schauer
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press



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.

Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning

  • Filename: introduction-to-law-and-legal-reasoning.
  • ISBN: STANFORD:36105063264092
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 650
  • Author: Jane C. Ginsburg
  • Publisher:



This course book serves an undergraduate course in introduction to legal reasoning. It is designed to initiate students in the legal methods of case law analysis and statutory interpretation, prompting students to take a critical distance from the wielding of the methods. It helps students acquire or refine the techniques of close reading, analogizing, distinguishing, positing related fact patterns, and criticizing judicial and legislative exposition and logic.

Legal reasoning and legal writing

  • Filename: legal-reasoning-and-legal-writing.
  • ISBN: 0735576661
  • Release Date: 2009-03-25
  • Number of pages: 520
  • Author: Richard K. Neumann
  • Publisher: Aspen Law & Business



The Sixth Edition of this respected and popular text remains grounded in the premise that legal reasoning and legal writing are best learned when they are taught together. Building on that foundation, Neumann continues to offer complete, clear, and timely coverage of how to form a legal argument and how to write an effective legal memorandum. Streamlined in its Sixth Edition, Legal Reasoning and Legal Writing features : comprehensive coverage of legal writing: the office memo the motion memo the appellate brief eminently readable text, including an exceptionally lucid explanation of the reasoning behind the proof of a conclusion of law a thoughtful treatment of all aspects of legal reasoning student-friendly instruction on the process of writing, The mechanics of style, and grammar up-to-date examples and exercises sample documents in the Appendices, including an office memo, motion memo, and two appellate briefs Highly regarded author Richard K. Neumann, Jr. presents, In tandem, smart, in-depth coverage of legal writing and legal reasoning, supported by examples, writing samples, and extraordinarily clear and lucid exposition.

Arguing about Law

  • Filename: arguing-about-law.
  • ISBN: 0534220320
  • Release Date: 1996
  • Number of pages: 250
  • Author: Andrew Altman
  • Publisher:



Using the rule of law as its main theme, this text shows how abstract questions and concepts of legal philosophy are connected to concrete legal, political, and social issues. The text addresses several modern controversies and challenges students to consider both sides of an argument, using sound, reasoned thinking.

Introduction to Law

  • Filename: introduction-to-law.
  • ISBN: 9783319069104
  • Release Date: 2014-08-12
  • Number of pages: 344
  • Author: Jaap Hage
  • Publisher: Springer



This book is exceptional in the sense that it provides an introduction to law in general rather than the law of one specific jurisdiction, and it presents a unique way of looking at legal education. It is crucial for lawyers to be aware of the different ways in which societal problems can be solved and to be able to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different legal solutions. In this respect, being a lawyer involves being able to reason like a lawyer, even more than having detailed knowledge of particular sets of rules. Introduction to Law reflects this view by focusing on the functions of rules and on ways of arguing the relative qualities of alternative legal solutions. Where ‘positive’ law is discussed, the emphasis is on the legal questions that must be addressed by a field of law and on the different solutions which have been adopted by, for instance, the common law and civil law tradition. The law of specific jurisdictions is discussed to illustrate possible answers to questions such as when the existence of a valid contract is assumed.

An Introduction to Islamic Law

  • Filename: an-introduction-to-islamic-law.
  • ISBN: 9781139489300
  • Release Date: 2009-07-09
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Wael B. Hallaq
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



The study of Islamic law can be a forbidding prospect for those entering the field for the first time. Wael Hallaq, a leading scholar and practitioner of Islamic law, guides students through the intricacies of the subject in this absorbing introduction. The first half of the book is devoted to a discussion of Islamic law in its pre-modern natural habitat. The second part explains how the law was transformed and ultimately dismantled during the colonial period. In the final chapters, the author charts recent developments and the struggles of the Islamists to negotiate changes which have seen the law emerge as a primarily textual entity focused on fixed punishments and ritual requirements. The book, which includes a chronology, a glossary of key terms, and lists of further reading, will be the first stop for those who wish to understand the fundamentals of Islamic law, its practices and history.

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