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Thinking Like a Lawyer

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Kenneth J. VandeveldeAssociate Dean and Professor of Law, Western State University College of Law, San Diego, USA

ISBN13: 9780813322049
ISBN: 0813322049
Published: July 1998
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

In this practical and accessible introduction, Kenneth J. Vandevelde identifies, explains, and interprets the goals and methods of the well-trained lawyer, offering students, lawyers, and lay readers alike insight into a well-developed and valuable way of thinking. }Students of the law are often told that they must learn to think like a lawyer, but they are given surprisingly little help in understanding just what this amounts to. Generally, they are expected to pick up this ability by example and perhaps by osmosis. But it remains the case that very few lawyerseven very good onesare consciously aware of what it means to think like a lawyer.In this insightful and highly revealing book, Kenneth J. Vandevelde identifies, explains, and interprets the goals and methods of the well-trained lawyer. This is not a book about the content of the law; it is about a well-developed and valuable way of thinking that can be applied to many fields. Both practical and sophisticated, Thinking Like a Lawyer avoids the pitfalls common to most books on legal reasoning: It neither assumes too much legal knowledge nor condescends to its readers.;Invaluable for law students and practicing lawyers, the book will also effectively interpret legal thinking for lay readers seeking a better understanding of the often mysterious ways of the legal profession. }

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Introduction; Basic Legal Reasoning; Identifying Applicable Law; Analyzing Statutes and Cases; Synthesizing the Law; Researching the Facts; Applying the Law; Advanced Legal Reasoning; A Historical Perspective on Legal Reasoning Policy Analysis, Synthesis, and Application; Applications; Contracts Torts Constitutional Law Civil Procedure Conclusion