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This is an introductory law & society test, intended for and used in departments of Political Science; Sociology; Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. It blends coverage of law & legal studies with a sociological perspective. The courses it is used in vary in title and topical coverage, but are generally organized around introducing students to the law and to the larger concept of "justice" from a social sciences perspective. Course names include Intro to Law; Justice & Society; Perspective on Justice Studies; Introduction to the Legal Process; Introduction to Justice Studies; Law & Society; and Law & Culture.
Anthony Walsh is Professor of Criminal Justice at Boise State University.
Craig Hemmens is Department Head and Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Missouri State University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Law: Its Function and Purpose
Chapter 2. Justice and the Law
Chapter 3. Making Law
Chapter 4. Federal and State Courts
Chapter 5. Crime and Criminal Law
Chapter 6. Criminal Procedure
Chapter 7. Civil and Administrative Law
Chapter 8. Juvenile Justice
Chapter 9. The Law and Social Control
Chapter 10. The Limits of Social Control: Policing Vice
Chapter 11. The Law and Social Change
Chapter 12. Women and the Law (By Mary K. Stohr)
Chapter 13. Racial Minorities and the Law
Chapter 14. Comparative Law: Law in Other Cultures
Table of Cases