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Logic and the Law: Taxation, Rhetoric, and Legal Argumentation
LL.M Seminar 879 (cross-listed) | 2 credit hours
This course introduces law students to the study of logic by teaching methods of deductive reasoning that can be used to improve the students’ ability to evaluate and craft legal arguments. Fundamental principles of logic are taught using symbolic logic, a formalized system of deductive logic that employs abstract symbols for the various aspects of natural language. Students will then apply symbolic logic to the analysis of federal income tax cases and substantive tax issues to determine the validity of legal and policy arguments. Weekly problem sets will be assigned and reviewed in class to reinforce the concepts presented. The tools taught in this course will enhance the students’ critical thinking skills and assist them in producing more clear and persuasive legal writing.
Prerequisite: Taxation I.