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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Robert M. Hardaway, Preventive Law and the Legal Autopsy: For Legal Profession as a Whole, It's a Learning and Research Tool, 10 PREVENTIVE L. REP. 23 (1991).