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Old 02-22-2018, 11:52 PM   #1
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hi!

i'm a retired systems design engineer with an interest in studying certain aspects of the law, specifically legal thinking and u.s. constitutional law.

i'm not interested in going to law school or becoming a lawyer. i'm simply interested in understanding our constitution and how it has been interpreted in u.s. courts.

in reading "constitutional law" by gerald gunther (a gift from a friend) i've also become interested in the way lawyers and judges actually think about things, how they approach problems. my first take is that the approach is very similar to the way systems engineers approach problems. i would very much like to read on this subject too.

i've looked through most of this forum and can't seem to find the right subforum to place my questions in, so i'll try it here.

1. what books are recommended for the study of legal thinking?
2. what books are recommended for the study of u.s. constitutional law?

Because i am a retired person, i live on a fixed income. this means i don't have a lot of money to spend on pricey legal texts, but i am willing to purchase used texts as my budget will allow.

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Old 02-23-2018, 05:16 AM   #2
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"Courts, decisions, appeals" is the forum area I would suggest you use.
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Google is your friend.
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Old 02-23-2018, 08:50 AM   #4
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G------gle is your friend.
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Do an internet search and you'll come up with all sorts of resources.
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Old 02-23-2018, 10:24 AM   #6
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You should try to collect the law journals periodically because law journals are high source of information. American jurisprudence is another book to read if you are really interested in law.
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And law libraries don't charge admission.
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i actually did a lot of google searches before posting this. the number of returns was huge, and the vast majority of them were about free legal help. i went to several hundred sites before deciding to find a forum that might be able to help me in my research. my search did lead me to this site, and i see how informative it is. i'm going to enjoy reading the conversations held here!

i also used wikipedia, another of my favorite resources, and learned a bit from it on the topics i was interested in.

the primary question that prompted my search came from the Gunther book's section on Marbury vs. Madison, the first case in the book:

why was it important to determine whether the supreme court had original or appellate jurisdiction over the case? i've read through the material in the text book and i'm not clear on this point, and was hoping that i could put this kind of question to the forum.

the way that the decision broke down the case into specific questions piqued my interest. that kind of thinking is part and parcel of systems engineering, but i've never come across an engineering text that specifically addressed that type of critical or structural thinking. my google searches did indicate that there were books on the market that covered this subject as part of a legal education. it is sometimes very difficult to determine the quality of a given book as to the subject matter just from a google search. i was hoping to partake of the wisdom available on this forum.

thank you all for letting me become a member of this forum.

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See the Wikipedia article on Marbury V Madison.

It is the best few pages summary available in my opinion. And a good starting point.
Not hyper technical; hits the basics.
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