A complete, correct, and formatted edition of Holmes' classic study of law and judicial development of rules: "the life of the law has not been logic: it has been experience." Features extensive new Foreword by Steven Alan Childress, a law professor at Tulane. Active Table of Contents, linked footnotes with correct numbers, and original pagination for citing. Care in detail, proofreading, and presentation, unlike any previous digital or online version available of this important book.
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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. compiled this master work in 1881 from his famous lectures in Boston on the origins, reasoning, and import of the common law. It jump-started legal realism and established law as a pragmatic way to solve problems and make policy, not just a collection of rules. It has stood the test of time as one of the most important and influential studies of law and the development of legal rules. This book is interesting for a vast audience, and considered one of the most original and important books on U.S. law, for historians, students, political scientists, and those who follow the concept of rules. It is also a recommended read before law school or in the first year.
Quid Pro offers high-quality digital editions of classic legal scholarship, plus active footnotes and contents. In addition, each book contains a contemporary Foreword by a legal scholar, to place the works in historical context and give biographical background. Some versions include annotations and explanatory notes, and this classic law work is one also available in such an extended format (as The Annotated Common Law), in addition to this basic but quality-checked edition.
Steven Alan Childress is the Conrad Meyer III Professor of Law at Tulane, and the coauthor of the three-volume treatise, Federal Standards of Review (Lexis, 4th ed. 2010). He earned his law degree from Harvard and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Berkeley.