DEDUCTIVE REASONING


Despite the overwhelming array of seemingly inconsistent court opinions, statutes, regulations and other rules that collectively make up the body of our modern law, much of this law can be harmonized and understood surprisingly well when approached from a logical perspective. The process of doing so is often referred to as “legal reasoning” or “critical legal analysis.” When properly understood and applied within the framework of legal analysis, most reasoning is, in fact, very logical. This first exercise addresses a particular analytical process known as “deductive reasoning” that is frequently utilized by lawyers and courts as they engage in the process of legal analysis.