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Logic for Law Students: How to Think Like a Lawyer


Ruggero J. Aldisert


United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Stephen Clowney


University of Arkansas - School of Law

Jeremy Peterson


U.S. Department of Justice

2007

University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Vol. 69, No. 1, 2007

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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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 22

Keywords: Logic, legal education, syllogism, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, reasoning, legal analysis

JEL Classification: K4, K49, K19, I21

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Date posted: March 2, 2007 ; Last revised: June 28, 2014

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Aldisert, Ruggero J. and Clowney, Stephen and Peterson, Jeremy, Logic for Law Students: How to Think Like a Lawyer (2007). University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Vol. 69, No. 1, 2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=966597

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Ruggero J. Aldisert
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ( email )
601 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA
United States
Stephen Clowney
University of Arkansas - School of Law ( email )
260 Waterman Hall
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

Jeremy D. Peterson (Contact Author)
U.S. Department of Justice ( email )
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
United States
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