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About the Book

Tort Law: Principles in Practice

Second Edition


James Underwood
Professor of Law, Baylor University


2018. Approx. 1,000 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-9386-8.

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About the Book

Tort Law: Principles in Practice is an approachable and engaging casebook, with a variety of pedagogical features and tools to examine tort law doctrine and rules and their application in practice. Introductory text for each chapter, subsection, and case frames the issues under discussion, aiding student comprehension. Features include text boxes and photographs, sample pattern jury instructions, checklists, and end-of-chapter essay questions.

New to the 2nd Edition:

  • A bullet point list of Chapter Goals now appears at the beginning of each chapter to highlight the key areas of coverage and provide a checklist for students when reviewing material.
  • New key cases (e.g., new cases dealing with “but-for” causation and cutting-edge coverage of the seat-belt defense showing a recent trend toward acceptance of this defense).
  • Expanded short practice problems after most cases.

What are the benefits/main sales features of the book:

This casebook features:
  • a blending of both old classics and modern relevant cases 
  • easy to follow organization with clear topic headings 
  • useful text to introduce the larger picture context for each section and case 
  • focused, limited notes following each case to engage the students 
  • numerous strategic problems within each section to stimulate further thinking 
  • engaging text boxes and pictures to capture the students’ imagination
  • sample pattern jury instructions throughout the book to illustrate courts’ efforts to describe the law to jurors 
  • checklists to demonstrate proper analytical approaches to the issues 
  • helpful perspective notes at the end of each major section to summarize and highlight key facets of the materials
  • practice end-of-chapter essays to permit students to practice “pulling it all together”

Preface / Sample Chapters