Jurisprudence Study Aids—Diagrams

Jurisprudence diagrams coverWe are pleased to introduce our Course Diagrams for the study of jurisprudence. Most of our study aids deal with foundation courses, but we often have requests for study aids for more advanced courses. Thanks to Markus McDowell for putting these together for us!

The study aid is available as a downloadable PDF or for the Kindle Fire models.  Like our other diagram and flowchart resources, the twenty pages of flowcharts and diagrams are designed to help you get the big picture of the theories, jurists, and terms of the study of jurisprudence. Use them to see an overall picture of each before you begin reading your texts, to organize your own notes, and to review and revise. Prepare for your exams by using them to test your knowledge on the details.

The diagrams cover sections on Imperative/Command Theory, Classical and Modern Natural Law Theory, extended sections on Hart’s seminal book, The Concept of Law, as well as coverage of Raz, Kelsen, Fuller, Dworkin, and treatments of  Marxist legal theory, liberalism, and feminist legal theory.

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Book: Alan Derschowitz’ "Taking the Stand"

Published last fall, this book by renowned American lawyer Alan Derschowtiz is his autobiography in law. From Amazon’s description:

America’s most prominent legal mind and the #1 bestselling author of Chutzpah and The Best Defense, Alan Dershowitz, recounts his legal autobiography, describing how he came to the law, as well as the cases that have changed American jurisprudence over the past 50 years, most of which he has personally been involved in.
In Taking the Stand, Dershowitz reveals the evolution of his own thinking on such fundamental issues as censorship and the First Amendment, Civil Rights, Abortion, homocide and the increasing role that science plays in a legal defense. Alan Dershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University, and the author of such acclaimed bestsellers as Chutzpah, The Best Defense, and Reversal of Fortune, for the first time recounts his legal biography, describing his struggles academically at Yeshiva High School growning up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, his successes at Yale, clerking for Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, his appointment to full professor at the Harvard at age 28, the youngest in the school’s history. Dershowitz went on to work on many of the most celebrated cases in the land, from appealing (successfully) Claus Von Bulow’s conviction for the murder of his wife Sunny, to the O.J. Simpson trial, to defending Mike Tyson, Leona Helmsley, Patty Hearst, and countless others. He is currently part of the legal team advising Julian Assange.

This is a great read for a law student, taking the reader through the ups and downs of his legal career, as well as addressing a number of fundamental legal problems.
Click here to view the book on Amazon (worldwide).

Study Aids for revising exams

Here’s another reminder of the study guides and aids that we have available here at Legal Yankee.
All of these sources use our method of color coding different types of information to enhance memorization; both text outline and diagram (for both visual learners and text-based learners). The types of aids available are:

  • Outlines: basic outlines of each course with the important points and sub points, cases, statutes, and i,portent terms are color-coded to ease memorization.
  • Crib Notes: concise summaries of each subtopic in each subject area—key items you need to know to trigger your memory.
  • Diagrams: for visual learners. Similar to the crib notes, but in a flowchart/mind map style. Also employs the Legal Yankee standard color coding.
  • Case notes: concise summaries of important cases, facts, holding, principle for each.

These resources are available for the following courses (click for more information and samples) as paperback books and downloadable PDFs.


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University of London Law Exam Schedule 2014

For those in this program, the tentative schedule is out. The PDF is here.
LA3017 Commercial Law Wed 7 May 10am – 1.15pm
LA3012 History of English Law Wed 7 May 2.30pm – 5.45pm
LA3001 Law of Tort Thurs 8 May 10am – 1.15pm
LA3013 Public International Law Fri 9 May 10am – 1.15pm
LA3008 Administrative Law Fri 9 May 2.30pm – 5.45pm
LA1010 Criminal Law Mon 12 May 10am – 1.15pm
LA3016 Succession Mon 12 May 2.30pm – 5.45pm
LA1020 Public Law Thurs 15 May 10am – 1.15pm
LA3024 EU Law Thurs 15 May 2.30pm – 5.45pm
LA3005 Jurisprudence and Legal Theory Fri 16 May 10am – 1.15pm
LA1031 Common Law Reasoning and Institutions Tues 20 May 10am – 1.15pm
LA3007 Evidence Tues 20 May 2.30pm – 5.45pm
LA3002 Law of Trusts Wed 21 May 10am – 1.15pm
LA1040 Elements of the Law of Contract Thurs 22 May 10am – 1.15pm
LA3021 Company Law Thurs 22 May 2.30pm – 5.45pm
LA3003 Land Law Wed 28 May 10am – 1.15pm
LA3014 Conflict of Laws Tues 3 June 10am – 1.15pm
LA3004 Civil and Criminal Procedure Tues 3 June 2.30pm – 5.45pm
LA3019 Family Law Thurs 5 June 10am – 1.15pm
LA3028 Introduction to Islamic Law Thurs 5 June 2.30pm – 5.45pm
LA3026 Intellectual Property Tues 10 June 10am – 1.15pm
LA3018 Labour Law Tues 10 June 2.30pm – 5.45pm
LA3201 Laws Skills Portfolio Examination (Laws Skills Pathway 1) Wed 11 June 10am – 11.55am
LA3202 Laws Skills Portfolio Examination (Laws Skills Pathway 2) Wed 11 June 10am – 11.55am
LA3200 Laws Dissertation Examination Wed 11 June 2.30pm – 4.25pm
LA3025 Criminology Thurs 12 June 10am – 1.15pm
LA3029 International Protection of Human Rights Thurs 12 June 2.30pm – 5.45pm

Dr. Ronald Dworkin, requiescat in pace

As most of you know, Ronald Dworki, the American philosopher and legal scholar, passed from this life last week. He was Professor of Law and Philosophy at New York University, Emeritus Professor of Jurisprudence at University College London, as well as having taught at Yale Law School and the University of Oxford.
Some of his most well-known works are Law’s EmpireTaking Rights Seriously, and Freedom’s Law: The Moral Reading of the American Constitution
A number of obituaries have appeared:
New York Times
The Guardian
Washington Post
The Telegraph
The Financial Times
His webpage at New York University is here.

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