LGST 249
Legal Literacy (OCW)

 

LGST 249
Legal Literacy (OCW)

Study Guide

Unit 7: Legal Interpretation

Learning Objectives

After completing Unit 7 you should be able to:

  1. explain what is meant by a conservative and a liberal approach to legal interpretation by judges
  2. describe a method for reading legislation and explain the legal context in which specific legislation operates
  3. explain what is meant by the modern principle of interpretation
  4. describe a method for reading cases and explain the legal context in which a specific case may be considered a precedent
  5. explain the concepts of reasons for decision, obiter dicta, and dissent
  6. describe a method for reading contracts and explain the legal rights and obligations in a specific contract
  7. explain the parol evidence rule and the principle of contra proferentem in relation to contract interpretation