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    History of the Common Law The Development of Anglo-American Legal Institutions

    ISBN-10: 0735562903
    ISBN-13: 9780735562905
    Author(s): John H. Langbein, Renee Lettow Lerner
    Description: This introductory text explores the historical origins of the main legal institutions that came to characterize the Anglo-American legal tradition, and to distinguish it from European legal systems. The book contains both text and extracts from  More...
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    Edition: 2nd
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 1184
    Size: 7.75" wide x 10.25" long x 2.50" tall
    Weight: 6.094
    Language: English

    This introductory text explores the historical origins of the main legal institutions that came to characterize the Anglo-American legal tradition, and to distinguish it from European legal systems. The book contains both text and extracts from historical sources and literature. The book is published in color, and contains over 250 illustrations, many in color, including medieval illuminated manuscripts, paintings, books and manuscripts, caricatures, and photographs. Two great themes dominate the book: (1) the origins, development, and pervasive influence of the jury system and judge/jury relations across eight centuries of Anglo-American civil and criminal justice; and (2) the law/equity division, from the emergence of the Court of Chancery in the fourteenth century down through equity's conquest of common law in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The chapters on criminal justice explore the history of pretrial investigation, policing, trial, and sentencing, As well as the movement in modern times to nonjury resolution through plea bargaining. Considerable attention is devoted to distinctively American developments, such as the elective bench, And The influence of race relations on the law of criminal procedure. Other major subjects of this book include the development of the legal profession, from the serjeants, barristers, and attorneys of medieval times down To The transnational megafirms of twenty-first century practice; the literature of the law, especially law reports and treatises, from the Year Books and Bracton down To The American state reports and today's electronic services; and legal education, from the founding of the Inns of Court To The emergence and growth of university law schools in the United States. History of the Common Law offers: dynamic teaching materials that include primary sources, scholarship, summaries, notes, and questions judiciously selected and edited sources over 250 illustrationsmany in full color Living Law units that connect legal-historical developments to modern law an illustrated timeline that highlights key dates a comprehensive Teacher's Manual, with suggestions for using the book in a two- or three-credit course Vivid writing, engaging source materials, and lavish illustrations breathe life into nearly 1,000 years of Anglo-American legal history. Concise summaries, manageable extracts, clear organization, and a detailed Teacher's Manual consistently support your teaching. *Teacher's Manuals are a professional courtesy offered to professors only. For more information or to request a copy, please contact Aspen Publishers at 800-950-5259 or legaledu@wolterskluwer.com.

    The English Common Law: Medieval Origins
    Criminal Procedure and the Origins of the Jury System
    Civil Justice
    Shaping the Legal Professions: Bar, Bench, and Books
    The Second English Legal System
    The Transformation of the Juries and the Reconstruction of Criminal and Civil Justice
    The Rise of Equity
    The Maturation and Reform of Chancery, and the Fusion of Law and Equity
    Reshaping the Jury
    Controlling, Reviewing, and Suppressing Juries in England
    Judge/Jury Relations in America
    Criminal Justice
    Rebuilding Criminal Procedure: The Marian Pretrial and the Altercation Trial
    The Growth of Defensive Safeguard
    American Criminal Justice
    American Initiatives in the Common Law
    Legal Literature
    The Reception and Recasting of English Law
    Legal Education
    The Legal Profession
    Illustrated Timeline
    Table of English Regnal Years
    Image Acknowledgments
    Text Acknowledgments
    Index

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