American Law 101 An Easy Primer on the U.S. Legal System

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-11-07
  • Publisher: American Bar Association
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American Law 101: An Easy Primer on the U.S. Legal System is a thorough introduction to American legal principles, a highly accessible user’s guide into both the spirit and the black letter law underlying the U.S. legal system. Everyone who wants a better, working understanding of U.S. law and the way it is applied—foreign lawyers, law students or those thinking about law school, business professionals, journalists, and the simply curious—can use this straightforward, approachable guide to the American legal system.

American Law 101 offers:

  • Easy-to-read and succinct explanations and examples of most of the concepts covered in U.S. law schools
  • Concepts and terms explained in plain English, with minimum use of American colloquialisms, cultural references, and slang
  • Short executive summaries of each chapter that cover the most crucial, "big picture" applications of the concepts covered
  • Simple and useful diagrams
  • Complete copies of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, as well as a glossary of legal terms

Chapters include, thinking like an American lawyer, contracts, torts, constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, American perspectives on international business and public law, and alternative dispute resolution and civil litigation.
American Law 101 offers a better understanding of the U.S. legal system--and the legal professionals working in it—to domestic and international readers.

Author Biography

Jasper Kim is a visiting scholar at Stanford University, former visiting scholar at Harvard University, professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea, and adjunct faculty at the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law. Previously, he worked for Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse, and Lehman Brothers. He resides in Washington, D.C.

Jasper Kim is a member of the Washington, D.C. bar and received graduate economic training from the London School of Economics (LSE), graduate legal training from Rutgers University School of Law, and negotiation training at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation. He is a contributor to various media, including the BBC, Bloomberg, Christian Science Monitor, CNBC, CNN, LA Times, NPR, NYT/IHT, Voice of America, and the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). He is the founder of Asia-Pacific Global Research Group, asiapacificglobal.com, and author of
ABA Fundamentals: International Economic Systems, and 24 Hours with 24 Lawyers: Profiles in Traditional and Non-Traditional Careers.

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