Monday, May 21, 2007

logic for lawyers

In response to an inquiry on the legal writing professors' listserve, subscribers offered the following suggestions for books that may help lawyers understand the types of logic they need to be able to use in their writing:

Michael Adams, The Writer's Mind (University Press of America 1993).

Ruggero J. Aldisert, Logic for Lawyers: A Guide to Clear Legal Thinking (3d ed., National Institute for Trial Advocacy 1997).

Colin Bruce, Conned Again, Watson! Cautionary Tales of Logic, Maths and Probability (Vintage 2001).

Charles R. Calleros, Legal Method and Writing (5th ed., Aspen 2006).

Irene L. Clark, The Genre of Argument (Thomson/Heinle 1998).

Irving M. Copi, Carl Cohen, Daniel E. Flage, Essentials of Logic (2d ed., Pearson/Prentice Hall 2007).

S. Morris Engel, With Good Reason: An Introduction to Informal Fallacies (6th ed., Bedford/St. Martin's 2000).

Elizabeth Fajans, Mary R. Falk, Helen S. Shapo, Writing for Law Practice (Foundation Press 2004).

David Perkins, The Eureka Effect (WW. Norton & Company, Inc. 2000).

Christopher W. Tinsdale, Fallacies and Argument Appraisal: Critical Reasoning and Argumentation (Cambridge University Press 2000).

hat tip: Professor Libby A. White, Villanova University School of Law


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