Introduction to Law and the Legal System

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-11-22
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Broad coverage, flexible organization, and an introductory level structure make Introduction to Law suitable for a variety of departments and. The text provides students with an overview of the U.S. legal system using real cases to illustrate the substance of the law, as well as major functions and procedures, promoting development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

Table of Contents

Introduction What Is Law?
Sociological Jurisprudence, Legal Realism, and Legal
Sociology Objectives of Law Origin of Law in the United States
A Procedural Primer Reading Cases
Case Analysis Constitutional Policymaking
Due Process Criminal and Civil Law Tort and Contract Law
Ethics and Law Ethics
The Judicial System Courts State Court Systems Jurisdiction
The Federal Court System
The U.S. District Courts
The Thirteen U.S. Courts of Appeals
The U.S. Supreme Court
Civil Procedure Proceedings Before a Civil Trial Civil Trials Rules of Evidence
Institutional Sources of American Law
Common Law and Civil Law
Legal Systems Constitutions Legislation Administrative
Agencies Judicial Decision Making Recognizing
Laws of Other States and Countries
Limitations in Seeking Relief Case or Controversy
Mootness Political Questions
The Act of State Doctrine Statute of Limitations
Res Judicata Immunity from Legal Action
Judicial Remedies Common Law Remedies Equitable Remedies
Criminal Law and Procedure Criminal Law
The Basic Components of a Criminal Offense
Criminal Procedure Proceedings Prior to Trial
The Criminal Trial
Family Law Introduction
The Family Creating Family Relationships
Family Relationships in Ongoing
Families Ending Spousal Relationships
Contracts A Brief History of American Contract
Law Nature and Classification of Contracts
Agreement Reality of Consent Consideration
Capacity Illegality Writing Aspects of Contract
Performance Remedies for Breach of Contract
The Law of Torts Historical Evolution of American Tort
Law Functions of Tort
Law Intentional Torts Strict Liability
Property Historical
Development of the Regulation of Real Property
Classifications of Property Trademarks, Patents, and Copyrights
Government's Right to Regulate and Take Private
Property Real Property Personal
Property Bailments
Administrative Law and Administrative Agencies
The Rise of Administrative Agencies
Organization and Classification of Federal Agencies
Administrative Agency
Powers Judicial Review Administrative Agencies and the Regulation of businesses
Alternative Dispute Resolution Voluntary ADR Court-Annexed ADR
ADR Techniques Jointly Used
ADR Methods Mini-Trials
The Constitution of the United States
Glossary of Selected Terms from
The Law Dictionary Case
Subject Index
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