Thinking Like A Lawyer

Author: Frederick Schauer
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674032705
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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.

Thinking Like A Lawyer

Author: Kenneth J. Vandevelde
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0429973888
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Law students, law professors, and lawyers frequently refer to the process of "thinking like a lawyer," but attempts to analyze in any systematic way what is meant by that phrase are rare. In his classic book, Kenneth J. Vandevelde defines this elusive phrase and identifies the techniques involved in thinking like a lawyer. Unlike most legal writings, which are plagued by difficult, virtually incomprehensible language, this book is accessible and clearly written and will help students, professionals, and general readers gain important insight into this well-developed and valuable way of thinking. Updated for a new generation of lawyers, the second edition features a new chapter on contemporary perspectives on legal reasoning. A useful new appendix serves as a survival guide for current and prospective law students and describes how to apply the techniques in the book to excel in law school.

Think Like A Lawyer

Author: Scott Fruehwald
Publisher: Amer Bar Assn
ISBN: 9781627221412
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A thorough and engaging introduction to legal reasoning that is perfect for law students and for established lawyers looking to improve their analytical abilities. This book focuses on fundamental skills necessary for legal problem solving, such as rule-based reasoning (deductive reasoning), synthesis (inductive reasoning), analogical reasoning, distinguishing cases, and policy-based reasoning. Exercises that appear throughout the text enable you to practice the skills you are gaining as you progress through the chapters.

A Nonprofit Lawyer

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
ISBN: 1480952206
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A Nonprofit Lawyer By: Bruce R. Hopkins “You’re a what?” As a nonprofit lawyer, Bruce R. Hopkins has heard that reaction more than a few times, but it still makes him smile. A practicing lawyer for more than five decades, Hopkins is a nationally recognized leader concerning the laws and regulations pertaining to nonprofit organizations. These organizations face a dizzying number of requirements both for gaining recognition of tax exemption from the IRS and filing annual information returns to continue to justify that status. Lucky for them, lawyers like Hopkins are there to help. A Nonprofit Lawyer is one part crash course in nonprofit law and one part autobiography, telling the story of how Hopkins initially stumbled into nonprofit law and how he has become a prolific author and speaker on the subject while also maintaining a busy practice. Anyone interested in specific applications of nonprofit law or just looking for an interesting read about a passionate specialist will find plenty to like in these pages.

Judicial Politics In The United States

Author: Mark C. Miller
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0813346800
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Judicial Politics in the United States examines the role of courts as policymaking institution, and their interactions with the other branches of government and other political actors in the American political system, helping students understand how and why courts are such important legal and political institutions in the United States. Not only does this book cover the nuts and bolts of our judicial system, from the functions, structures and processes of courts to the details of the legal profession, it goes well beyond other judicial process books by examining how the courts interact with executives, legislatures, and state and federal bureaucracies. It also includes a chapter devoted to how the courts interact with interest groups, the media, and general public opinion, and a chapter examining how U.S. courts and the judges who serve on those courts interact with other judiciaries around the world, exposing students to issues beyond our borders. Judicial Politics in the United States balances coverage on the courts and judicial processes with discussions of broader issues of the courts' interactions with our larger political universe and with courts abroad, making it the quintessential text for all students of judicial processes and politics.

Human Dignity

Author: Aharon Barak
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107090237
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"The concept of human dignity has a 2500 year history. As it moved through history, the concept was been influenced by different religions which held it as an important component of their theological approach. It was also influenced by the views of philosophers who developed human dignity in their contemplations. In the 20th century, the concept encountered a new phenomenon. The atrocities of the Second World War, and particularly the Holocaust of the Jewish people, brought human dignity into the forefront of legal discourse. As a result, constitutional and international legal texts began to adopt the concept, and jurists appeared alongside the theologians and the philosophers. Legal scholars were called upon to determine the theoretical basis of human dignity as a constitutional value and as a constitutional right. Judges were required to solve practical problems created by the constitutionalization of human dignity, as a value or as a right"--

Legalism

Author: Fernanda Pirie
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191025933
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'Community' and 'justice' recur in anthropological, historical, and legal scholarship, yet as concepts they are notoriously slippery. Historians and lawyers look to anthropologists as 'community specialists', but anthropologists often avoid the concept through circumlocution: although much used (and abused) by historians, legal thinkers, and political philosophers, the term remains strikingly indeterminate and often morally overdetermined. 'Justice', meanwhile, is elusive, alternately invoked as the goal of contemporary political theorizing, and wrapped in obscure philosophical controversy. A conceptual knot emerges in much legal and political thought between law, justice, and community, but theories abound, without any agreement over concepts. The contributors to this volume use empirical case studies to unpick threads of this knot. Local codes from Anglo-Saxon England, north Africa, and medieval Armenia indicate disjunctions between community boundaries and the subjects of local rules and categories; processes of justice from early modern Europe to eastern Tibet suggest new ways of conceptualizing the relationship between law and justice; and practices of exile that recur throughout the world illustrate contingent formulations of community. In the first book in the series, Legalism: Anthropology and History, law was addressed through a focus on local legal categories as conceptual tools. Here this approach is extended to the ideas and ideals of justice and community. Rigorous cross-cultural comparison allows the contributors to avoid normative assumptions, while opening new avenues of inquiry for lawyers, anthropologists, and historians alike.

Legal Literacy

Author: Archie Zariski
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
ISBN: 192735644X
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To understand how the legal system works, students must consider the law in terms of its structures, processes, language, and modes of thought and argument—in short, they must become literate in the field. Legal Literacy fulfills this aim by providing a foundational understanding of key concepts such as legal personhood, jurisdiction, and precedent, and by introducing students to legal research and writing skills. Examples of cases, statutes, and other legal materials support these concepts. While Legal Literacy is an introductory text, it also challenges students to consider critically the system they are studying. Touching on significant socio-legal issues such as access to justice, legal jargon, and plain language, Zariski critiques common legal traditions and practices, and analyzes what it means “to think like a lawyer.” As such, the text provides a sound basis for those who wish to pursue further studies in law or legal studies as well as those seeking a better understanding of how the legal field relates to the society that it serves.

Essential Law For Social Workers

Author: Robert G. Madden
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231508999
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Whether protecting their own rights or those of their clients, or navigating the juvenile justice, immigration, or welfare systems, social workers confront legal issues every day. This book explores legal concepts, legal reasoning, and legal processes—illustrated with case vignettes from social work practice—in order to provide social work practitioners and students with practical and accessible legal knowledge. It introduces readers to scholarship about the law and to conceptual knowledge that can be applied to any interaction with the legal system. Social workers are thereby enabled to "think like a lawyer" and increase their effectiveness. The volume features a discussion of recent reform movements, including Alternative Dispute Resolution, and an appendix of sources for legal information and research on the law.

How To Get Into Top Law Schools 5th Edition

Author: Richard Montauk
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101543353
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The most authoritative guide for law students-now revised and updated. Richard Montauk, an administrations insider and lawyer, demystifies the law school application process and provides the tools to ace every step along the way. Based on (and including) exclusive interviews with admissions officers, Montauk delivers a candid view of what leading law schools look for in an applicant. He also gives applicants solid advice on developing marketing strategies, writing winning essays, maximizing financial aid, and updating credentials to better match that ideal profile.