Thinking Like a Lawyer: A New Introduction to Legal Reasoning

Thinking Like a Lawyer: A New Introduction to Legal Reasoning Author Frederick Schauer
ISBN-10 0674062485
ISBN-13 9780674062481
Year 2012-04-16
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher Harvard University Press
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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 In addressing the question whether legal reasoning is distinctive Frederick Schauer emphasizes the formality and rule dependence of law When taking the words of a statute seriously when following a rule even when it does not produce the best result when treating the fact of a past decision as a reason for making the same decision again or when relying on authoritative sources the law embodies values other than simply that of making the best decision for the particular occasion or dispute In thus pursuing goals of stability predictability and constraint on the idiosyncrasies of individual decision makers the law employs forms of reasoning that may not be unique to it but are far more dominant in legal decision making than elsewhere Schauers analysis of what makes legal reasoning special will be a valuable guide for students while also presenting a challenge to a wide range of current academic theories

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ISBN-10 9781139469784
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