Legal Analysis in Practice
Duration: 65 minutes
When you put on your “lawyer thinking cap,” what do you really need? Good legal analysis calls for both legal skill that provides the lawyer with a solid understanding of the law and the courts, and intellectual and emotional skill that enables him or her to put aside biases and misguided assumptions. In this course, Robin Wellford Slocum, a professor at Chapman University School of Law, talks about factors that are important in effective legal analysis.
The first section of the course gives an overview of legal aspects, including basics of the rule of law, judiciary and jurisdiction, understanding the role of precedent in legal analysis, and briefing a case. Slocum devotes the second half to a discussion of how to avoid biases. This includes an introduction to the “thinking brain” and the “emotional brain,” how the emotional brain tries to take over our perceptions, and how to avoid letting that happen. She also discusses at length a specific example of a case in which emotional bias caused legal analysis to go wrong.
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