The book Tort Law Principles in Practice is written by James Underwood. What’s in a name? The title “Torts: Principles in Practice” captures my belief that the supposed divide between legal theory and legal practice is a false dichotomy. I have now taught for almost as long as I have practiced law. One cannot really understand how to apply the law based solely on memorizing numerous legal rules in black print. The circumstances are too varied and the legal rules too ambiguous and contradictory to allow such a simple application. It is a deep understanding and appreciation of principles that enables a professional to effectively represent clients in tort cases.
This book addresses the subject of tort law with a view to capturing the spirit of tort law at the dual levels of its lofty principles and its actual implementation on the ground. To maintain consistency with this theme, the book is filled with text boxes labeled “Principles” or “In Practice” to supplement the case material. The trend in many law schools is to focus more and more on preparing students for practice. This book is designed to help in those efforts.
- Text boxes and photos, sample pattern jury instructions, checklists, and end-of-chapter essay questions.
- Chapter objectives are listed at the beginning of each chapter to highlight key areas of coverage and provide a checklist for students when reviewing the material.
- Key new cases (eg, new cases involving “counterfactual” causation and cutting-edge coverage of the seat belt defense showing a recent trend toward acceptance of this defense).
- Short practice problems expanded after most cases.
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Overview of Tort Law Principles in Practice
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Tort Law: Principles in Practice is an accessible and engaging casebook with a variety of features and educational tools to examine the doctrine and rules of tort law and their application in practice. Introductory text for each chapter, subsection, and case frame the topics under discussion, aiding student understanding.
|Book Name||Tort Law Principles in Practice|
|Author of Book||James Underwood|