1001 Legal Words You Need to Know: The Ultimate Guide to the Language of Law

1001 Legal Words You Need to Know: The Ultimate Guide to the Language of Law

by Jay M. Feinman
     
 

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1001 Legal Words You Need to Know explains and illuminates the most difficult and arcane vocabulary any American has to deal with—that of the law. This comprehensive—but never condescending—guide to the language of the American legal system carefully defines and explains every term, and many entries have supplementary notes and a sample sentence.

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1001 Legal Words You Need to Know explains and illuminates the most difficult and arcane vocabulary any American has to deal with—that of the law. This comprehensive—but never condescending—guide to the language of the American legal system carefully defines and explains every term, and many entries have supplementary notes and a sample sentence. These notes include information about grammar associated with certain terms, as well as an etymology section useful in finding the linguistic origins of each term. American and British spellings are differentiated (license vs. licence), as are singular and plural forms (dictum vs. dicta).

In addition, the book includes a number of quick mini-guides to legal troubleshooting that include information on understanding wills, trusts, and inheritance, granting someone a power of attorney, understanding contracts, what to do if you're sued, how to choose a lawyer, exploring law school, and enjoying cop and lawyer dramas. The backmatter contains an extensive list of legal aid organizations and a helpful bibliography of books about the law and lawyers for further reading.

Written for everyday people who only want to know "the basics," 1001 Legal Words You Need To Know is the perfect size and scope for anyone trying to see through the jargon of the American legal system.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Ideal for students and general users who may need to look up the spelling, usage, or the definition of legal terms in plain English."—American Reference Book Annual 2004

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195181333
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
603,787
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Jay M. Feinman is the author of Law 101 and Distinguished Professor of Law, Rutgers University School of Law, Camden.

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