This book takes a fresh approach to first year introduction to law courses. It is a new Australian work based partly on the author's earlier successful United Kingdom book, Introduction to Legal Method (co-authored with Tony Dugdale) and concentrates on legal reasoning and legal method for first year law students and business students.
The book is set in the context of a broad social view of the legal system and emphasises the legal process in a sometimes critical fashion. Referring to both Australian and New Zealand law and the contrasts between them, this book focuses on how lawyers think and reason. It also covers how legal reasoning claims to be distinctive, while following practical reasoning techniques with policy and value elements.
Written succinctly and in plain English, the engaging subject matter covers indigenous people's customs and rights, fallacies in reasoning, international influences and human rights. It also includes a discussion of the impact of the information revolution on Law and lawyers and whether this affects the lawyer's role and status.
Authored by the highly respected Dr John Farrar, and based on his teaching experience in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, this book provides a rigorous introduction to law that will put the student in a solid position to tackle future subjects.
Part I - Introduction to Law And Legal Reasoning
Part II - Sources of Law And Methods of Legal Reasoning
Part III - Wider Dimensions Of Law And Legal Reasoning