Strategies for Legal Case Reading & Vocabulary Development

by Reinhart

ISBN: 978-0-472-12877-8 | Copyright 2018

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Many law students feel that they are learning a new language during their first year of law school.  For those students who are not native English speakers this process can be even more overwhelming.  Strategies for Legal Case Reading and Vocabulary Development was written for just these students.  The goal of the text is to help students develop the case reading and vocabulary strategies they will need to compete and succeed in an American law school.

 Strategies for Legal Case Reading and Vocabulary Development begins with an overview of the American legal system and relevant research and guidelines relating to case reading.  The book is divided into sections on common law, statutory law, and constitutional law.  Approximately twenty cases (some abridged) and eight readings are included in the text.  Questions for Discussion follow each case to help students prepare to actively participate in class case discussions.  Additional features include hypotheticals (often posed by law professors), vocabulary tasks, and short writing assignments. 

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Contents (pg. vii)
Introduction (pg. xi)
Note to the Teacher (pg. xiii)
Part 1: Introduction to American Legal Case Reading and Discussion (pg. 1)
Reading 1: The United States Legal System—The Courts and the Law (pg. 2)
Vocabulary Development, Task 1: Common Law (pg. 8)
Vocabulary Development, Task 2: Certiorari (leave to appeal), Verbs of Permission and Refusal (pg. 10)
Reading 2: Reading Legal Cases, Part 1 (pg. 12)
Vocabulary Development, Task 3: Good Law, Bad Law (pg. 16)
Tort Cases, Overview (pg. 17)
Torts, Case 1: Bosley v. Andrews—Negligence, Impact Rule (pg. 18)
Vocabulary Development, Task 4: Claim (pg. 22)
Vocabulary Development, Task 5: Incur, Suffer, Support, Sustain, Uphold (pg. 24)
Reading 3: Reading Legal Cases, Part 2 (pg. 25)
Vocabulary Development, Task 6: Appeal (pg. 29)
Vocabulary Development, Task 7: More Practice with Appeal (pg. 30)
Torts, Case 2: Eckenrode v. Life of America Insurance Company—Intentional Torts, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress (pg. 32)
Vocabulary Development, Task 8: Inter Alia (pg. 41)
Vocabulary Development, Task 9: Prima Facie (pg. 43)
Reading 4: The Civil Litigation Process—Key Motions (pg. 45)
Vocabulary Development, Task 10: Cause of Action (pg. 50)
Vocabulary Development, Task 11: Verbs with Action, Cause of Action (pg. 51)
Vocabulary Development, Task 12: Suit (pg. 51)
Torts, Case 3: Niederman v. Brodsky—Negligence, Impact Rule (pg. 52)
Vocabulary Development, Task 13: Arguendo (pg. 57)
Vocabulary Development, Task 14: Opening Pandora’s Box (pg. 58)
Contract Cases, Overview (pg. 60)
Contracts, Case 1: Livingstone v. Evans—Offer, Counter-Offer, and Acceptance (Common Law) (pg. 61)
Vocabulary Development, Task 15: Allege, Assert (pg. 64)
Vocabulary Development, Task 16: Assert in Context (pg. 65)
Vocabulary Development, Task 17: Repetition of Alleged (pg. 66)
Vocabulary Development, Task 18: Controlling (pg. 66)
The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), Sales (pg. 67)
Contracts, Case 2: McAfee v. Brewer—Offer, Counter-Offer, and Acceptance (Uniform Commercial Code) (pg. 68)
Vocabulary Development, Task 19: Doublets (Coupled Synonyms) and Other Word Pairs (pg. 72)
Reading 5: Briefing a Legal Case—The Holding (pg. 75)
Contract Cases on Consideration (pg. 84)
Contracts, Case 3: Harrington v. Taylor—Consideration (pg. 85)
Contracts, Case 4: Rose v. Elias—Consideration (pg. 86)
Contracts, Case 5: Pick Kwik Food Stores, Inc. v. Tenser— Consideration (pg. 87)
Vocabulary Development, Task 20: Lease Terminology (pg. 90)
Reading 6: Briefing a Legal Case—The Issue (pg. 98)
Property Cases, Overview (pg. 103)
Property, Case 1: Armory v. Delamirie—Found Property (pg. 104)
Property, Case 2: Excerpt from Benjamin v. Lindner Aviation, Inc.— Found Property (pg. 106)
Property, Case 3: Hurley v. City of Niagara Falls—Found Property (pg. 108)
Vocabulary Development, Task 21: Speaking like a Lawyer—Give (pg. 112)
Property, Case 4: In re Marriage of Graham—Definition of Property (pg. 114)
Vocabulary Development, Task 22: Academic Verbs and Their Synonyms (pg. 121)
Part 2: Statutory Interpretation (pg. 123)
Reading 7: Statutory Law (pg. 124)
Statutory Interpretation Cases, Overview (pg. 130)
Statutory Interpretation, Case 1: McBoyle v. United States (pg. 131)
Statutory Interpretation, Case 2: D’Allessandro v. P.F.L. Life Insurance Company (pg. 133)
Statutory Interpretation, Case 3: Dykes v. Scotts Bluff County Agricultural Society, Inc. (pg. 136)
Vocabulary Development, Task 23: More Academic Verbs and Their Synonyms (pg. 142)
Part 3: The U.S. Constitution (pg. 145)
Reading 8: The Constitution of the United States (pg. 146)
Constitutional Law Cases, Overview (pg. 150)
Constitutional Law, Case 1: In re Griffiths—Fourteenth Amendment, Alienage (pg. 151)
Constitutional Law, Case 2: Ambach v. Norwick—Fourteenth Amendment, Alienage (pg. 159)
Vocabulary Development, Task 24: Not (pg. 166)
Constitutional Law, Case 3: LaMunion v. State—Fourteenth Amendment, Exclusionary Rule (pg. 168)
Vocabulary Development, Task 25: Guessing the Meaning of a Term in Context (pg. 174)
Answer Key for Vocabulary Development Tasks (includes answer key for Reading 5, Exercise 2) (pg. 181)

Susan M. Reinhart

Susan M. REinhart is an author of Academic Interactions.


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