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2007

Law and Psychology

Campbell Law Review

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Deconstructing Thinking Like A Lawyer: Analyzing The Cognitive Components Of The Analytical Mind, Larry O. Natt Gantt Ii Apr 2007

Deconstructing Thinking Like A Lawyer: Analyzing The Cognitive Components Of The Analytical Mind, Larry O. Natt Gantt Ii

Campbell Law Review

This article ... tackles the task of identifying the cognitive components of legal thinking. The article begins this task by discussing the development of modern law school pedagogy, which gave rise to the emphasis on thinking like a lawyer. The article then considers current conceptions of legal thinking which have divided the skill into cognitive and practical components, and it examines why the cognitive components remain at the center of the skill. The article then surveys empirical research on legal thinking by examining recent research on personality and learning styles as well as research on law student and lawyer surveys. The ...