Learning Legal Rules: Legal Method and Reasoning

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Learning Legal Rules brings together the theory, structure, and practice of legal reasoning in a readily accessible style. The book explains how to uncover and exploit the mysteries of legal materials. This is then used to draw the student into the techniques of legal analysis and argument and the operation of precedent and statutory interpretation.

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Overview

Learning Legal Rules brings together the theory, structure, and practice of legal reasoning in a readily accessible style. The book explains how to uncover and exploit the mysteries of legal materials. This is then used to draw the student into the techniques of legal analysis and argument and the operation of precedent and statutory interpretation.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780199282500
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/21/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James Holland is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Law at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Prior to this he worked for the Engineering Employers' West of England Association. He is also co-author of Blackstone's Legal Practice Course Guide: Employment Law.

Julian Webb is Professor of Legal Education and Director of the UK Centre for Legal Education at the University of Warwick.
Julian Webb is Professor of Law at the University of Westminster and an Academic Adviser to the Bar Council on legal education and training. He was formerly Principal Lecturer and Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He has published widely on the legal profession, legal ethics, and lawyers' skills, and is co-author of Blackstone's Legal Practice Course Guide: Lawyers' Skills.

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Table of Contents

1 Understanding the law 1
2 Finding the law 35
3 Reading the law 65
4 Law, fact, and language 103
5 The doctrine of judicial precedent 128
6 How precedent operates : Ratio Decidendi and Obiter Dictum 157
7 Making sense of statutes 200
8 Interpreting statutes 227
9 'Bringing rights home' : legal method and the Convention rights 280
10 European legal method 310
11 Exploiting legal reasoning 347
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