Aspen Publishing

Jumpstart Torts: Reading and Understanding Tort Cases

Ross Sandler


  • ISBN: 9781454809395

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    Jumpstart is a study aid series covering the first-year course areas. Each title is a short book, roughly 170 pages, that addresses a problem students experience as they navigate their first year courses. Often first year students are expected to learn substantive law by reading judicial opinions without a framework or process to help them comprehend what they are reading. The Jumpstart series supplies the context and prepares students to apply the rules in a litigation context. Titles in the series can be used as a general introduction to law school or as an introduction to torts. The books are most useful early in the first semester as well as in orientation courses or as summer reading for students entering their first year of law school. The series will appeal to academic success/support coordinators as well as the course-area professors. Ross Sandler is the series editor. His Jumpstart: Torts is the first title in the series.

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    Page Count 150
    Published 03/12/2012
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    Summary of Contents


    Ch. 1. The Players, Order of Appearance, Settings and Dramatic Events

    Ch. 2. Theory of the Case

    Ch. 3. Motion to Dismiss a Complaint: Legal Limits to the Theory of the Case

    Ch. 4. The Prima Facie Case

    Ch. 5. Summary Judgment and Fact Issues

    Ch. 6. Presumptions

    Ch. 7. Burden and Verdicts

    Ch. 8. Appellate Issues

    Ch. 9. The Holding of the Case

    Ch. 10. Taking Torts Exams

    Sample Essay Exam Question

    Sample Answer One: Stronger

    Sample Answer Two: Weaker

    Essay Exam Grading Rubric

  • Author Information

    Ross Sandler

    When Ross Sandler became the founding director of New York Law School’s Center for New York City Law in 1993, Crain’s New York Business applauded the choice, calling him &"a good-government crusader.”

    For Professor Sandler, it was the opportunity to bring together all his experience—as a legal practitioner, a New York City official, and an academic—in an exciting new enterprise.

    &"I felt that New York Law School had a unique opportunity to put its resources into a virtually ignored area—state and city government. Here we were, right in the center of everything happening in New York. We could make a real contribution,” he recalls.

    Professor Sandler left Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, where he was a partner, to join New York Law School’s faculty and head the new center, which he suggested should specialize in city government.

    Professor Sandler is an appointed member of the New York Procurement Policy Board. He is the author of numerous publications on environmental law, transportation, and government issues. In 2003, Yale University Press released his new book, Democracy by Decree: What Happens When Courts Run Government, written with Professor David Schoenbrod.