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NCJ Number: 120489 Find in a Library
Title: Social Science in Law: Cases and Materials
Author(s): J Monahan; L Walker
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 614
Sponsoring Agency: Foundation Press
New York, NY 10001
Publication Number: ISBN 0-88277-765-3
Sale Source: Foundation Press
11 Penn Plaza, Tenth Floor
New York, NY 10001
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Conceived as a traditional law school casebook, this volume is designed to analyze and evaluate the role of social science in the American legal process.
Abstract: Social science is viewed as an analytic tool of the law which enhances the lawyer's effectiveness and hones the legal scholar's perceptions. Four subtopics are examined: substantive law, or issues pertaining to the nature of a legal doctrine being appraised; legal method, or the process by which the courts gather and manage social science information; social science findings, or the social science research relevant to a particular legal issue; and social science method, the data collection and analysis techniques used to arrive at the social science findings. Five major uses of social science in law are identified, including the use of social science to determine factual evidence, to establish legal rules that may impinge on future cases as well, to provide a context for the determination of factual evidence important only in a specific case, to shape the court system, and to prepare for trial. Ways to increase and enhance the involvement of social science in the legal field are recommended. Chapter references.
Main Term(s): Judicial system development; Jurisprudence
Index Term(s): Law-related education; Legal research
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