The Path of the Law

Learning, Understanding, and Mastering the Law
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Editor/Foreword: Joseph C. Kunz, Jr.

The Path of the Law, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The Path of the Law was written by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. when he was 56, and originally published in the Harvard Law Review in 1897. Holmes delivered this essay as a speech at the Boston University School of Law dedication of the newly built Isaac Rich Hall. Holmes was involved in law for approximately 33 years by the time he wrote this essay.

Our 2009 112th anniversary edition of The Path of the Law is the first in history to be made into a student-friendly edition with a comprehensive appendix. This appendix makes reading and studying this book much easier and much more enjoyable. A modern law student can learn much more from Holmes with our edition than any edition published before in history.

The Path of the Law, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.Special Features Used in This Book

The foreword has a discussion about the book’s format and a discussion about the book’s subject.

Section Headings
These descriptive headings break the book down into manageable sections for reading and for discussion.

Focus Questions
Key questions to prepare the reader for the concepts addressed in each chapter. A shortlist of questions is highlighted at the beginning of each chapter.

Legal and non-legal terminology used throughout the book is defined to help the reader better understand and learn more. These difficult and obscure words and terms are underlined throughout the text and defined in the glossary.

Important and interesting quotes from the author are highlighted in every chapter.

Word Index
The reader will have no trouble finding any of the important subjects mentioned in the book.

Foot Notes
Used throughout the text.

Additional Sources
An extensive listing of the best books and websites related to the book’s topic is listed for further exploration.

Photo of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

About The Author
Holmes is one of the most celebrated and studied legal figures in American history. His writings on jurisprudence have affected the discussion on the nature of law, and his US Supreme Court opinions and decisions are still studied as much for their style as their intellectual content.


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