American Law and Legal Systems

ISBN-10: 0205028187
ISBN-13: 9780205028184
Edition: 7th 2012 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $113.95
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 2/22/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.980

Updated in a new 7th edition, American Law and Legal Systems examines 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 basics#x13;from 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.

Preface
Introduction
Functions of Law in Society
Sources of Law in Society
Kinds of Law
Bob Jones University v. United States
Conclusion
Notes
History and the Law
Law Through the Ages
The English Heritage
The American Experience
The American Legal Profession
Conclusion
Notes
Court Organization
The Federal Court System
State Court Systems
Judicial Selection
Removal of Judges
Republican Party of Minnesota v. White
Conclusion
Notes
Procedure and Evidence
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Civil Procedure
Criminal Procedure
Rules of Evidence
Conclusion
Notes
Limitations
Judicial Restraint
Legal Limitations
Conclusion
Notes
Constitutional Law
Judicial Review
Constitutional Interpretation
Major Constitutional Doctrines
Conclusion
Notes
Criminal Law
Characteristics of Criminal Law
Elements of a Crime
Procedural Criminal Law
Punishment
Juvenile Justice
Two Case Studies in Criminal Law
Conclusion
Notes
Administrative Law
Delegation Theory
Judicial Review and Administrative Law
Conclusion
Notes
Environmental Law
Environmental Law Jurisprudence
Major Environmental Legislation
Issues of Environmental Law
Two Case Studies in Environmental Law
Conclusion
Notes
Torts
Negligence
Intentional Torts
Strict Liability
Product Liability
General Tort Defenses
Conclusion
Notes
Contracts
Contractual Terms of Art
Formation of Contracts
Breach of Contract
Rules of Construction
Uniform Commercial Code
Consumer Law
Business Relationships
Conclusion
Notes
Property
Estates
Inception of Title and Liens
Probate and Succession
Trusts and Gifts
Intellectual Property
Conclusion
Notes
Family Law
Role of the State in Family Relationships
Marriage
Dissolution of Marriage
The Parent-Child Relationship
Conclusion
Notes
Conclusion
Law as Protector and Oppressor
Law and Politics
Law and Society
Law and Economics
Final Reflections
Notes
Appendix: Legal Research
Glossary
Table of Cases
Index

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