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Making the Case: The Art of the Judicial Opinion

Paul W. Kahn


This book introduces law students to the art of reading judicial opinions. At the same time, it offers an innovative theory of the nature of legal argument, emphasizing the roles of rhetoric, narrative, voice, persuasion, and context. Separate chapters deal with the development of legal doctrine and the way in which facts operate as the context or horizon against which legal claims are understood. The book defends a humanist approach to law, which is a necessary complement to the dominant social science approach.

Keywords: Law, Judicial Opinion, Narrative, Judges, Law Students, Persuasion, Legal argument, Rhetoric

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300212082
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300212082.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul W. Kahn, author
Yale Law School