Introduction to the Study and Practice of Law in a Nutshell

Author: Hegland, Kenney F.
Edition: 7th
Copyright Date: 2017
  • Publication Date: September 8th, 2017
  • ISBN: 9781640201231
  • Subject: Introduction to U.S. Law
  • Series: Nutshells
  • Type: Overviews
  • Description: “There are two things wrong with almost all legal writing. One is style. The other is content.” Professor Fred Rodell, Yale, 1936. We can’t do much about content. You’ll have to know how the common law system works, how to read and brief cases, how to study and take exams, how to write and argue law and how lawsuits are tried. We can do something about style. There’s advice and illustrations. You’ll throw pots, working your first case, making your first argument, briefing cases, taking exams, and writing memos. This is not for the faint hearted nor is law school. Think like a lawyer. I won’t be a bore. I’ll tell jokes, some of which are actually funny. I’ll challenge you intellectually. Where does law come from? Should judges follow precedent? What if your client wants to pave Paradise and put in a parking lot? If you love ideas you’ll love this book and you’ll love law school. (If you love people you’ll love practice.)