What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know An Introduction to the Study of Law

ISBN-10: 073558236X
ISBN-13: 9780735582361
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication date: 3/27/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 214
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know: An Introduction to the Study of Law is the indispensable compass for incoming law students. With clarity, insight, and concrete examples, authors Tracey E. George and Suzanna Sherry alert you about what to expect, tell you what you need to know, and instruct you in the essential skills you'll need to excel in your first year of law school and beyond.

Introduction
What to Expect in Law School
The First Year of Law School
Reading Assignments
Teaching Methods
Courses Taught in the First Year
Becoming a Lawyer
Preparing for Law School
Government and Law
The Structure of American Government
The Law: Sources, Types, and Meanings
Sources
Types
Meanings
Choosing an Enforcement Regime
The Structure of the American Legal System
Legal Systems
Adversarial and Inquisitorial Regimes
Common Law and Civil Law
Private Law and Public Law
Courts
The Dual Court Systems in the United States
The United States Supreme Court
Navigating the Courts
Litigation: Myth and Reality
The Vanishing Jury Trial and the Focus on the Pretrial Phase
Remedies
Financing Litigation
The Legal Toolbox: Basic Techniques
Introduction: The Function of Legal Techniques
Reading Carefully
Reading Legal Sources
Reading Cases
Reasoning Styles
Analytical Reasoning
Analogical Reasoning
The Legal Toolbox: Concepts
Dichotomies
Rules versus Standards
Categorization versus Balancing
Objective versus Subjective
Cross-Cutting Legal Doctrines
Precedent and Stare Decisis
States of Mind
Burdens of Proof
Standards of Review
Other Common Concepts
Law and Economics (or Economic Analysis of Law)
Cognitive Psychology and the Law (or Behavioral Law and Economics)
Other Useful Concepts
What If a Tool Isn't Listed Here?
The Legal Toolbox: Strategies
Class Preparation
In Class
Outside of Class
Exams
Conclusion
Resources
Law School References: How to Look and Be Smarter in the Classroom and Beyond
An American History Refresher
Theoretical Frameworks of American Law
Looking Ahead: After Law School
What Lawyers Do
Career Choices
Acknowledgments
Test Your Understanding: Answers and Analysis
Table of Figures and Test Your Understanding Exercises
Index

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