Twilight Seminar Series: Law is 'reason free from passion': the art of syllogistic analysis

Twilight Seminar - Law is 'reason free from passion': the art of syllogistic reasoning

Ken Yin (Edith Cowan University)

You are invited to attend a Faculty of Law Twilight Seminar by Ken Yin.


Teaching foundation law students to solve legal problems is an exceptionally challenging task. Somewhat surprisingly, Australian literature on the mechanics of legal problem solving is virtually non-existent, leaving first-year law teachers to fend for themselves in designing this element of their curricula. The seminar will explain how syllogistic analysis provides the underlying basis for critical analysis in the context of legal problem solving, using everyday learning experience as a means of demonstrating relevant techniques. This seminar will appeal to law students, first-year law teachers, and early career legal practitioners.

About the Speaker

Ken Yin is an academic in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. He has a keen interest in teaching legal method to first year law students and is the author of an innovative new publication, Legal Problem Solving and Syllogistic Analysis: A Guide for Foundation Law Students. This text is a guide to developing students’ critical thinking in solving legal problems through the application of the principles of syllogistic analysis. Ken practised as a solicitor from 1984-1997, then as a barrister from 1997-2009 from Francis Burt Chambers. Outside the law, Ken was a member of the Australian Army Reserve, retiring at the rank of Major.


Tuesday, 26 September 2017


5:30pm - 6pm Drinks and nibbles
6pm - 7pm Seminar


Gregor Heiner Foyer (Building 5, HSM)
Bond University
University Drive, Robina
Free parking is available in PG3 (refer to the campus map)