Legal Analysis: 100 Exercises for Mastery
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Each year, over 45,000 students enter law school. In the first year, students are introduced to legal analysis—the application of law to fact that forms the foundation of legal reasoning. At the end of their first year, law students should be proficient in legal analysis. A fortunate few do accomplish this goal, but many do not. For the latter group, legal analysis remains a code they never quite crack. These students’ law school days become frustrating, they fail to thrive in the law, and their bar passage is in doubt. Furthermore, legal employers agree that law school graduates’ analysis skills need work. A “Special Report on Law Schools” (dated April 2009 in the New York Law Journal) reported law firm attorneys’ frustrations over new lawyers’ inability to organize facts and principles in a crisp and logical way—essentially, their poor legal analysis and argument structure skills.
All law students could master legal analysis, if only they had more practice. Now practice is available. Legal Analysis: 100 Exercises for Mastery provides this practice and fills the legal analysis gap between mystery and mastery. Unlike existing books, this one does not set out to teach another process or paradigm for legal writing. Rather, the book provides 100 distinct opportunities to practice the paradigm students have learned in law school. The book is perfect for first-year legal writing students, and complements any legal writing textbook. The book equally benefits students in any other course that teaches legal reasoning and writing, such as legal methods. Law students can find the help they need, using the alternately-answered exercises to check their own progress. Pre-law students and remedial writing students can find a paced and reassuring introduction to legal reasoning and analysis. The book provides the following:
- Highlights the importance of analysis to succeed in law school and practice
- Introduces legal analysis to novices using non-legal and easily-understood exercises
- Includes 100 progressive legal analysis exercises for students to complete
- Provides students with sample annotated answers for 50 of the exercises
- Sets out 100 legal analysis exercises for professors to use as in-class assignments or assessment measures
- Provides a Teacher’s Manual for professors with annotated sample answers for all 100 exercises
For professors who have adopted our book, you may use your LexisNexis Custom ID and Password on LexisNexis’s website at http://www.lexis.com to access a case, statute, or regulation for an exercise and to find other helpful resources.