legal realism



View of nature of law that legal rules are based on judicial decisions given in interest of the larger society and public policy, and not on any dogma or supernatural authority. It defines 'legal rights' and 'legal duties' as whatever the courts say they are. If carried too far, however, this view results in absurdity because a judge pondering what rights an accused has is, in fact, deciding what rights he or she (the judge) is going to let the accused have.

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  • You need to know how the legal realism may affect your business and adapt to it as favorably as you can.

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  • I did not like legal realism, because my focus was on one person and not an entire group of people or sheep as I called them.

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  • You need to make sure that you are following the legal realism when you are trying to come up with new strategies.

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