Learning Legal Reasoning
is a wonderful piece of work ... truly deep while presented in a way that seems accessible and even simple. The last chapter is great ... the book deserves to be adopted in Introduction to Law, Legal Method and other courses. -- Professor Howard Lesnick, University of Pennsylvania Law School
After reading this book, begnning law students will know what it means to read, think, talk and write like a lawyer. The examples of good and poor briefs demonstrate what to do and what to avoid. -- Professor Susan Tucker, Former Director, First Year Writing Program, New York University School of Law
From the Author
I recommend that you first read Learning Legal Reasoning and study it well, then go on to How To Do Your Best on Law School Exams book. Avoid the too-frequent first-year blunder of waiting to prepare for exams until the final week or two of the semester. That's for college, not for law school. Begin right away, from the beginning of law school, by adding an exam "lens" to everything you do. The Exam book shows you, step-by-step, how to do this. Always keep in mind that the skills that got you to law school are not the skills you need to excel on law school exams. My third book, Learning Criminal Law as Advocacy Argument, incorporates common themes embodied in Learning Legal Reasoning and How to Do Your Best on Law School Exams. In each criminal law topic, it presents in building-block form the limited repertoire of core issues and related arguments so that you can concentrate your study on learning and practicing those that your professor has stressed in class, in her materials, and on her old exams.In addition, the Inside the Book section of this page includes the Detailed Table of Contents and parts of Chapter One of Learning Legal Reasoning.