"This classic text explains how judges and lawyers argue about the law and focuses on the political importance of legal decision-making. Reason In Law examines the differences between well- and badly-reasoned legal decisions and is liberally sprinkled with examples of "badly" reasoned cases." "Lief Carter clearly explains the meaning of legal terms and their historical origins, common law, statutory law, and constitutional law. Each chapter ends with a complete case to challenge students to apply what they've learned." "The fifth edition of Reason In Law has been updated to include the latest ideas and the most current cases. Physician-assisted suicide, the O. J. Simpson trials, the gender integration of the Citadel and the Virginia Military Institute, and Paula Jones' suite against President Bill Clinton are all featured."--BOOK JACKET.
What legal reasoning is, and why it matters Change and stability in legal reasoning Statutory interpretation Common law Interpreting the United States Constitution Law and politics.