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Thinking Like a Lawyer

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1996-03-01
  • Publisher: Westview Pr
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The first post-realist look at legal reasoning which manages at one and the same time to take legal reasoning seriously and yet not be taken in by it. Written in a lively and engaging style, this book is both comprehensive in its treatment of the subject and provocative in its central argument, namely that thinking like a lawyer means making judgments about policies.

Author Biography

Kenneth J. Vandevelde is dean and professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. He is author of United States Investment Treaties: Policy and Practice and many papers, primarily on constitutional law and international law.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1(6)
Part One: Basic Legal Reasoning
Identifying Applicable Law
Analyzing Statutes and Cases
Synthesizing the Law
Researching the Facts
Applying the Law
Part Two: Advanced Legal Reasoning
A Historical Perspective on Legal Reasoning
Policy Analysis, Synthesis, and Application
Part Three: Applications
Constitutional Law
Civil Procedure
Conclusion 235(2)
Selected Bibliography 237(4)
About the Book and Author 241(2)
Index 243

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