An Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning, Second Edition

An Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning, Second Edition

by Steven J. Burton


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An Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning, Second Edition by Steven J. Burton

Steven Burton's AN INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND LEGAL REASONING, Second Edition continues to be an ideal learning tool for first-year law students in a variety of introductory courses including orientation programs, legal reasoning, lawyering skills, or first-year substantive courses. Written specifically for beginning law students, this concise paperback helps students gain an understanding of law and legal reasoning by emphasizing how they can use cases, rules, precedent, holding, and other elementary legal concepts to solve legal problems. Especially easy to use, the Second Edition:

  • offers concise, lucid text
  • gives more attention to competing, contemporary modes of analysis including Critical Legal Studies and philosophical critiques
  • clearly delineates the structure of law as precedents, rules, principles, and policies
  • introduces many new examples
  • coherently organized in nine chapters, INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND LEGAL REASONING covers cases and rules, analogical and deductive legal reasoning, legal reasons and conventions, purposes, judges' and lawyers' perspectives, and legitimacy.
  • short and affordable, this book is a good fit for orientation programs, introductory courses on legal reasoning or legal method, lawyering skills courses, or as a supplementary text in any first-year substantive course.

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9780316114899
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
    Publication date: 05/28/1995
    Pages: 192

    Table of Contents

    1. Cases and Rules
    2. Analogical Legal Reasoning
    3. Deductive Legal Reasoning
    4. Combining Analogies and Deductions
    5. Legal Reasons and Conventions
    6. Purposes
    7. The Judge's Perspective
    8. Hardest Cases
    9. The Lawyer's Perspective
    10. Legitimacy

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