Cases, Materials and Analyses, Second Edition
By: J.S. Covington Jr.
This work introduces the reader to theories of proof used in trials and provides methods for analyzing legal rules and abstractions that are essential to understanding legal studies. It begins with a discussion of common defective reasoning – fallacies (faulty references) – as they sometimes appear in legal reasoning. An able advocate will know how to defeat analytically the false dilemma, post hoc, bootstrapping, the faulty inference by syllogism, and many others. Covington explains that legal reasoning is not as complex as the novice might believe it to be. With just two major forms of reasoning and four kinds of argument, the structures of argument and proof are limited. Law instructors, students and librarians will find this text to be an invaluable tool.