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Sturm College of Law


Legal autopsy, Preventive law, Legal research and writing


The legal autopsy can be a careful learning and research tool, not only for the individual practitioner, but for the legal profession as a whole. A complete (or "horizontal") autopsy which includes an investigation of both sides of a case can be expensive and time-consuming to prepare. In many cases, practical consideration may dictate a more limited (or "vertical")-but also useful-autopsy investigating only one side of the case.

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