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ISBN-13: 978-0813344645 ISBN-10: 0813344646 Edition: Second Edition, Second Edition

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; Second Edition, Second Edition edition (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813344646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813344645
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the First Edition:
“Contains the best introduction to legal reasoning that I know of.” —Duncan Kennedy, Harvard Law School.
 
“Vandevelde restores luster to the phrase ‘thinking like a lawyer.’ Everyone, whether a newly entering law student or an experienced practitioner, will take away from Thinking Like a Lawyer valuable insights about law and lawyering in the United States.” —Christopher G. and Jill Robinson Wren, coauthors, The Legal Research Manual
 
“Manages at one and the same time to take legal reasoning seriously and yet not be taken in by it. Written in a lively and engaging style, this book is both comprehensive in its treatment of the subject and provocative in its central argument, namely that thinking like a lawyer means making judgments about policies. . . . A real achievement.” —Austin Sarat, Amherst College
 
“A comprehensive overview of the standard techniques of legal reasoning. It stands out because of the way it enriches the basic discussion with perspectives from legal history and theory.” —Joan Williams, American University

About the Author

Kenneth J . Vandevelde is a Professor of Law and former Dean at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he has practiced law before U.S. courts and international tribunals. He is the author of numerous books and articles on U.S. and international law.

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By WP on February 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am currently a "1L" at a school in Washington DC.
Professor Vandevelde introduces the reader to a brave new world: legal reasoning. As a first year law student, you will become intimately aquatinted with such creatures as Contracts, Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, and the peculiar little buggers known affectionately as Torts. But what you will need most on your adventure, you will find strangely absent: a map & compass. "Thinking Like a Lawyer," in my opinion, in simply that. Vandevelde's text effectively explains what legal reasoning entails, how it evolved into the beast that it is, and what makes it live and breathe. Further, T.L.A.L. is written in a very readable prose you will appreciate more and more once you've tasted a few clumsy judicial opinions. Most insightful and practical, in my opinion, are the final chapters, which illustrate the material by applying it to each of the first year's courses. I recommend this book, without reservation, to any now-or-future law student, and anyone curious about legal thought and application.
By the way, I met Mr. Vandevelde once, in 1997, at a law schools' forum held at the World Trade Center. A sincerely friendly man.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Shopper on April 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
I teach legal analysis, research, and writing at a major law school. My ideal book on legal reasoning--which I've been searching for in vain for a long time--would: (1) avoid formalist traps (most don't); (2) address indeterminacy in judicial decision-making head-on in a non-cynical way; (3) provide enough history and context so that readers have an entry point into the most interesting debates in jurisprudence without having to trudge through off-putting jargon; and (4) explain how legal theory and practice are intertwined and help readers understand the extent to which a understanding of both is necessary for effective advocacy. This book does all that and much more. It's hard to imagine a better or more accessible introduction to how law actually works in the U.S. Kudos to Prof. Vandevelde for writing such a smart book!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vahan D. on February 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have consulted over a dozen books on legal reasoning,
and I can say with confidence that this book is the best
thus far. I would imagine it to be difficult to write an
introduction to legal reasoning that is more awesome than
this one (though I do not imply that it is not possible).

What makes this book an indispensible text is the content it
chooses to discuss. Like other books, it discusses the basics
of case and enacted law, the role of juries and judges, and the
tools seasoned lawyers utilize (deduction, induction, and analogy).

Where this book deviates from others within its genre, is with the
Second and Third Part of the book (the text has 3 parts). The author
chooses to give a brief, but insightful history of the American
legal systems. The policies governing judicial opinions within
different eras, such as naturalist, realist, and positivist thought
are discussed in detail. Moreover, and MOST importantly, he forces
onto the reader a powerful way to look and analyze the law.
You will no longer think of negligence simply as "a breach of duty by a
person charged with taking reasonable care which caused injjury..."
but rather, as "an individualist exception to the policy considerations of
the Torts clause's intrinsic Majoritarian stance". (These quotes are my own- this
material will all make sense).

If read properly-forgive my vagueness- this book will do nothing less
than enlighten your legal reasoning ability, and your general
cognizance in the world of law.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morris D. Linton on March 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Prof. Vandevelde examines legal thinking in depth. Using clear examples, he describes both the tools that lawyers use to analyze issues and the methods of using those tools. His explanations are thorough and instructive. After reading his book, a law student or a practicing attorney can apply Vandevelde's explanations to issues at hand and analyze those issues with confidence. This text is a classic in legal thinking.
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