Academic Success Resources for Students: Legal Reasoning and Analysis

Online Resources for Legal Reasoning and Analysis

An Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning by Steven J. Burton

This ePublication explicitly and systematically teaches legal reasoning using a thoughtful and deliberate method. 

Learning Legal Analysis Through Its Components: Issue, Rule, Application, Conclulsion -- IRAC by CALI

Hone your ability to apply legal rules to facts and to make conclusions about the likely outcomes of legal actions, improve your legal writing and legal analysis skills with this online legal exercise.

Legal Writing and Analysis in a Nutshell by Lynn Bahrych, Jeanne Marino, and Beth McLellan

Available online, the renowned Nutshell series provides a quick and direct explanation of the process. Chapter 2 is devoted to legal analysis.

Print Resources for Legal Reasoning and Analysis

Thinking Like A Lawyer by Kenneth J. Vandevelde

Learn the techniques of "thinking like a lawyer" with this accessible and clearly written explanation of the legal reasoning process. An appendix provides a survival guide for law students, describing how to apply the techniques in law school.

Legal Writing and Analysis by Linda H. Edwards

Learn to read and analyze the law and think about, discuss, and write about legal issues.This book emphasizes organizing your thoughts, presentations, and writings based on legal analysis. 

Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts by Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner

Scalia and Garner provide a systematic approach to constitutional, statutory, and contractual interpretation, with concrete examples from court cases.