American Law and Legal Systems

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 2011-02-22
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Updated in a new 7th edition, American Law and Legal Systemsexamines the philosophy of law within a political, social, and economic framework with great clarity and insight. Readers are introduced to operative legal concepts, everyday law practices, substantive procedures, and the intricacies of the American legal system. Eliminating confusing legalese, the authors skillfully explain the basicsfrom how a lawsuit is filed to the final appeal. This new edition provides essential updates to forensic and scientific evidence, contract law, family law, and includes new text boxes and tables to help readers understand, remember, and apply central concepts.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Functions of Law in Societyp. 2
Sources of Law in Societyp. 5
Kinds of Lawp. 8
Bob Jones University v. United Statesp. 16
Conclusionp. 19
Notesp. 19
History and the Lawp. 21
Law Through the Agesp. 22
The English Heritagep. 30
The American Experiencep. 35
The American Legal Professionp. 38
Conclusionp. 41
Notesp. 41
Court Organizationp. 44
The Federal Court Systemp. 45
State Court Systemsp. 51
Judicial Selectionp. 56
Removal of Judgesp. 70
Republican Party of Minnesota v. Whitep. 74
Conclusionp. 77
Notesp. 77
Procedure and Evidencep. 81
Alternative Dispute Resolutionp. 82
Civil Procedurep. 84
Criminal Procedurep. 99
Rules of Evidencep. 104
Conclusionp. 117
Notesp. 118
Limitationsp. 121
Judicial Restraintp. 121
Legal Limitationsp. 129
Conclusionp. 136
Notesp. 136
Constitutional Lawp. 138
Judicial Reviewp. 139
Constitutional Interpretationp. 146
Major Constitutional Doctrinesp. 152
Conclusionp. 170
Notesp. 170
Criminal Lawp. 174
Characteristics of Criminal Lawp. 176
Elements of a Crimep. 178
Procedural Criminal Lawp. 184
Punishmentp. 196
Juvenile Justicep. 203
Two Case Studies in Criminal Lawp. 208
Conclusionp. 213
Notesp. 214
Administrative Lawp. 219
Delegation Theoryp. 221
Judicial Review and Administrative Lawp. 231
Conclusionp. 235
Notesp. 235
Environmental Lawp. 237
Environmental Law Jurisprudencep. 238
Major Environmental Legislationp. 242
Issues of Environmental Lawp. 246
Two Case Studies in Environmental Lawp. 254
Conclusionp. 257
Notesp. 257
Tortsp. 260
Negligencep. 261
Intentional Tortsp. 267
Strict Liabilityp. 274
Product Liabilityp. 274
General Tort Defensesp. 275
Conclusionp. 276
Notesp. 277
Contractsp. 279
Contractual Terms of Artp. 280
Formation of Contractsp. 280
Breach of Contractp. 286
Rules of Constructionp. 288
Uniform Commercial Codep. 290
Consumer Lawp. 293
Business Relationshipsp. 295
Conclusionp. 298
Notesp. 299
Propertyp. 301
Estatesp. 302
Inception of Title and Liensp. 309
Probate and Successionp. 312
Trusts and Giftsp. 317
Intellectual Propertyp. 318
Conclusionp. 325
Notesp. 326
Family Lawp. 331
Role of the State in Family Relationshipsp. 331
Marriagep. 334
Dissolution of Marriagep. 340
The Parent-Child Relationshipp. 349
Conclusionp. 354
Notesp. 355
Conclusionp. 358
Law as Protector and Oppressorp. 359
Law and Politicsp. 360
Law and Societyp. 361
Law and Economicsp. 362
Final Reflectionsp. 363
Notesp. 364
Appendix: Legal Researchp. 365
Glossaryp. 375
Table of Casesp. 389
Indexp. 393
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