June 6, 2012 – Professors Paul Bergman, Patrick Goodman, and Thomas Holm have published a new book, Cracking the Case Method: Legal Analysis for Law School Success (Vandeplas Publishing, 2012), in which they illuminate why and how law school professors use appellate court cases as tools for teaching legal analysis. Cracking the Case Method explains that legal analysis is a way in which judges and lawyers use argument to relate stories to legal conclusions.
In Cracking the Case Method, Professors Bergman, Goodman, and Holm make a compelling case that in order for students to succeed in law school, they must integrate analytical skills into original stories by constructing their own unique arguments, both in class and when writing final examination essays.
Alex Kozinski ’75, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, writes, "The Authors provide an accessible and often humorous guide to the Case Method […] the book provides a sound foundation for the future practitioner […]"
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