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Legal Skills

Legal Skills (9th edn)

Emily Finch and Stefan Fafinski
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date: 25 April 2024

p. 27412. Legal reasoning and ethicslocked

p. 27412. Legal reasoning and ethicslocked

  • Emily Finch
  •  and Stefan Fafinski


This chapter introduces legal reasoning. It first outlines the skills to analyse how judges decide cases. There are various points of view that judges can (and do) take in deciding the outcomes of cases, so the chapter introduces some of the theory behind judicial reasoning before moving on to show how judges reason in practice, how one case can give rise to multiple judgments, and the importance of legal ethics.

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