American Law: An Introduction / Edition 2

American Law: An Introduction / Edition 2

by Lawrence Friedman
     
 

Lawrence Friedman now offers a revised and updated edition of his comprehensive introduction to the American legal system. Rich in anecdote and historical detail, this invaluable book makes the bewildering complexity of American law understandable to us all. It explains how laws are made, from the United States Constitution to the small-town zoning board, and how law… See more details below

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Lawrence Friedman now offers a revised and updated edition of his comprehensive introduction to the American legal system. Rich in anecdote and historical detail, this invaluable book makes the bewildering complexity of American law understandable to us all. It explains how laws are made, from the United States Constitution to the small-town zoning board, and how law is administered by courts and agencies at every level of government. It describes the tremendous variety of law: antitrust law, family law, torts (the law of accidents), criminal justice, rules for packaging medicine and food. And it brilliantly explores important trends to reveal the way changes in law mirror, and sometimes guide, changes in society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393972733
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
514,941
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments7
Preface9
1What Is a Legal System?15
2Law: Formal and Informal35
3The Background of American Law52
4The Structure of American Law: The Courts75
5The Structure of American Law: Statutes and Statute Makers108
6The Structure of American Law: Executing Policy128
7Federalism and American Legal Culture146
8Inside the Black Box: The Substance of Law163
9Crimes and Punishments180
10Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties207
11On Legal Behavior231
12Legal Culture: Legitimacy and Morality252
13The American Legal Profession267
14Law and Social Change292
15Epilogue: The Future of Law in the United States321
Documents333
Notes383
Index401

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