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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

Legal Reasoning

  • Filename: legal-reasoning.
  • ISBN: 0455227179
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Number of pages: 340
  • Author: John Hynes Farrar
  • Publisher:



This book takes a fresh approach to first year introduction to law courses. It is a new Australian work based partly on the author's earlier successful United Kingdom book, Introduction to Legal Method (co-authored with Tony Dugdale) and concentrates on legal reasoning and legal method for first year law students and business students. The book is set in the context of a broad social view of the legal system and emphasises the legal process in a sometimes critical fashion. Referring to both Australian and New Zealand law and the contrasts between them, this book focuses on how lawyers think and reason. It also covers how legal reasoning claims to be distinctive, while following practical reasoning techniques with policy and value elements. Written succinctly and in plain English, the engaging subject matter covers indigenous people's customs and rights, fallacies in reasoning, international influences and human rights. It also includes a discussion of the impact of the information revolution on Law and lawyers and whether this affects the lawyer's role and status. Authored by the highly respected Dr John Farrar, and based on his teaching experience in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, this book provides a rigorous introduction to law that will put the student in a solid position to tackle future subjects.

Legal Reasoning and Legal Writing

  • Filename: legal-reasoning-and-legal-writing.
  • ISBN: 1454826975
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 468
  • Author: Richard K. Neumann
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law and Business



A leading text in legal writing, Legal Reasoning and Legal Writing explores the nuts and bolts of writing an office memo, a motion memo, and an appellate brief. In addition, chapters are included on oral argument and client letters. Well-known and highly regarded authors deliver the best explanation available on the reasoning underlying the proof of a conclusion of law. Thoughtful coverage of all aspects of legal reasoning goes from rule-based analysis to the strategy of persuasion. Helpful instruction on the process of writing accompanies a study of the mechanics of style and grammar. Examples and exercises throughout the text provide needed practice. The presentation of the Seventh Edition is tighter with a more open page design that is even easier to read. Coverage has been fine-tuned in response to user feedback. There are now new chapters on email memos and a new appendix on document design. Additional insight is given on the writing process as well as the process of persuasion, all with updated examples and exercises. Chapters on briefing cases, interviewing clients, and writing exam answers, as well as appendices on basic legal usage and rules of punctuation have been moved to the website for easy access. Features: comprehensive coverage office memos motion memo appellate briefs oral argument client letters best explanation available on the Paradigm for Organizing a Proof of a Conclusion of Law thoughtful coverage of all aspects of legal reasoning, from rule-based analysis to the strategy of persuasion careful instruction on process of writing, as well as mechanics of style and grammar examples and exercises included throughout. well-known and highly regarded authors Thoroughly updated, the revised Seventh Edition presents: tighter presentation and with an open page design making the material more accessible new chapters on email memos updated examples and exercises fine-tuned coverage in response to feedback from users new material on the writing process additional insight on the process of persuasion new appendix on document design material on briefing cases; obtaining fact; writing exam answers; and appendices on basic legal usage and Rules of Punctuation moved to the website for greater convenience

Legal Reasoning

  • Filename: legal-reasoning.
  • ISBN: 1551114224
  • Release Date: 2001-03-02
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Author: Martin P. Golding
  • Publisher: Broadview Press



In a book that is a blend of text and readings, Martin P. Golding explores legal reasoning from a variety of angles-including that of judicial psychology. The primary focus, however, is on the ‘logic' of judicial decision making. How do judges justify their decisions? What sort of arguments do they use? In what ways do they rely on legal precedent? Golding includes a wide variety of cases, as well as a brief bibliographic essay (updated for this Broadview Edition).

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law

  • Filename: an-introduction-to-the-philosophy-of-law.
  • ISBN: 1412817188
  • Release Date: 1974
  • Number of pages: 306
  • Author: Roscoe Pound
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers



Roscoe Pound ranks as one of the most prominent legal scholars in the development of American jurisprudence. In An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law, he shows how philosophy has been a powerful instrument throughout the history of law. He examines what philosophy has done for some of the chief problems of the science of law and how it is possible to look at those problems philosophically without treating them in terms of a particular time period. The function of legal philosophy, writes Pound, is to rationally formulate a general theory of law which conforms to the interests, the general security first and foremost, of society. According to Pound, philosophies of law historically have rationally adjusted legal developments to the circumstantial needs of society. Pound concerned himself primarily with the practical effects of American legal developments within the context of social interests and general security. He encouraged American jurists to abandon efforts to conform obsolete models of legal philosophy to new realities. The significance of Pound's scholarship, particularly An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law, is the legal relativism inherent therein and its ongoing impact not merely on American jurisprudence, but on the imperative that American public policy be tested in the juridical crucible of relativism. Marshall DeRosa writes in his new introduction that in the light of twentieth-century judicial politics, Roscoe Pound's philosophy of law has prevailed to a significant extent. This book's relevance to appreciating the development of the American legal system in all its complexities--including liability law, contract law, and property law--is in itself notable. But, in terms of understanding the twentieth-century development of the American rule of law, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law is indispensable. It will make an invaluable addition to the personal libraries of legal theorists, philosophers, political scientists, and historians of American law.

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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