Thursday, March 8, 2007

logic for law students

Look out for a new article on Logic for Law Students: How to Think Like a Lawyer, due out in 2007 in the University of Pittsburgh Law Review.  The distinguished authors are:

RUGGERO ALDISERT, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

STEPHEN CLOWNEY, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

JEREMY PETERSON, U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals

You can access the full text of their article free at:

And here's their intriguing abstract:

"Law schools no longer teach logic. In the authors' view this is tragic, given that the fundamental principles of logic continue to undergird the law and guide the thinking of judges."

"In an effort to reverse the trend, this essay explains the core principles of logic and how they apply in the law school classroom. The manuscript begins by examining the basics of the deductive syllogisms and then turns to inductive generalizations and the uses and abuses of analogies. The authors claim that students who master the basics of logic laid out in this article will be better lawyers and will feel more comfortable when they find themselves presenting arguments to judges and juries."


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