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9780813322032

Thinking Like a Lawyer

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  • ISBN13:

    9780813322032

  • ISBN10:

    0813322030

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1996-03-01
  • Publisher: Westview Pr
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Summary

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
7(18)
Analyzing Statutes and Cases
25(14)
Synthesizing the Law
39(18)
Researching the Facts
57(8)
Applying the Law
65(44)
Part Two: Advanced Legal Reasoning
A Historical Perspective on Legal Reasoning
109(32)
Policy Analysis, Synthesis, and Application
141(42)
Part Three: Applications
Contracts
183(12)
Torts
195(14)
Constitutional Law
209(14)
Civil Procedure
223(12)
Conclusion 235(2)
Selected Bibliography 237(4)
About the Book and Author 241(2)
Index 243

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