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Overview

The ability to read law well is a critical, indispensable skill that can make or break the academic career of any aspiring lawyer. Fortunately, the ability to read law well (quickly and accurately) is a skill that can be acquired through knowledge and practice. The sooner the student masters these skills, the greater the rewards.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594600326
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304

Meet the Author

Ruth McKinney is the retired Assistant Dean for Legal Writing and Academic Success and was also a Clinical Professor of Law at UNC School of Law.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2007

    Mandatory Read for All Law Students -- Critical Reading Instructor, Phillip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program

    When I was asked to teach the 'critical reading curriculum' at The University of Iowa's Phillip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program, I researched methodically to find a text that would be 'on point' as they say in the legal world. Ruth Ann McKinney's Reading Like A Lawyer is just that. Written in an engaging and easy to read style, McKinney teaches prospective and current law students all the skills necessary to successfully understand a variety of legal documents. These skills include learning to brief a law case and analyze casebook law, learning how to decipher the complexities of analyzing statutes, and discovering how to read legal cases outside a law classroom's casebook. The strength of McKinney's text is that she provides you with real edited casebook cases, real-world statutes, and real non-casebook 'i.e. unedited' cases, ready for the reader to read first-hand. McKinney then supplies the student with a list of questions to help them hone valuable legal reading skills. After a student finishes learning how to read a case, and then reads it, a highlighted and annotated version of the same legal case appears, wherein McKinney demonstrates the areas in the case that are important and should have been identified as important by the reader. Reading these annotated cases is akin to entering the mind of an experienced high level attorney as s/he reads and analyzes a case. When I brought McKinney's Reading Like A Lawyer to the attention of the Dean of Students at The University of Iowa's School of Law, Dean R. Chayce Ramey, I was delighted to learn that he often recommends McKinney's text to law students, and that he himself refers to it when teaching legal skills. I was surprised to see so few reviews of McKinney's text, and I suspect part of the reason is that this is one book many competitive law students would like to keep a secret. Well, the secret's out of the bag -- McKinney's book is an outstanding must read for all prospective and current law students! Dr. Ervin Nieves Critical Reading Instructor, Phillip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program The University of Iowa

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