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A Companion to Torts: Thinking Like a Torts Lawyer

A Companion to Torts: Thinking Like a Torts Lawyer, CreateSpace, 2015

26 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2015  

Edwin S. Fruehwald

Independent

Date Written: July 8, 2015

Abstract

This book takes a new approach to learning torts law: its goal is to teach law students to think like torts lawyers. Thinking like a lawyer means solving a problem to produce a legal solution. This process involves using several types of reasoning in combination, including synthesis, rule-based reasoning, analogical reasoning, distinguishing cases, policy-based reasoning, and creativity. A torts lawyer uses these reasoning methods to solve torts problems. This book will include a variety of torts exercises on the different types of legal reasoning to achieve the goal of teaching students to think like torts lawyers.

This book is a supplement to torts casebooks and textbooks. Its main audience is first-year law students who are taking torts. It may be required by a professor, or students may use it as a supplement to the class to improve their torts skills and general legal reasoning skills. This book will also be useful for incoming law students who want to develop their torts and legal reasoning skills before they attend law school. Law school begins quickly on the first day, and it is better to be ahead than behind. Finally, this book will also help law graduates who are preparing for the bar, academic support staff who want to help students improve their legal reasoning skills, and practitioners who want to refine their legal reasoning skills.

Notes: Attached are the Preface and first chapter from my book A Companion to Torts: Thinking Like a Torts Lawyer.

Keywords: torts, legal education, experiential education

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Fruehwald, Edwin S., A Companion to Torts: Thinking Like a Torts Lawyer (July 8, 2015). A Companion to Torts: Thinking Like a Torts Lawyer, CreateSpace, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2628350

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