The American Legal System: Perspectives, Politics, Processes, and Policies / Edition 2

The American Legal System: Perspectives, Politics, Processes, and Policies / Edition 2

by Albert P. Melone, Allan Karnes
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0742547531

ISBN-13: 9780742547537

Pub. Date: 12/24/2007

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Firmly anchored in social science concepts, the second edition of The American Legal System demonstrates the relationships among private law, the business legal environment, and public law issues, as well as related subjects of interest. This fifteen-chapter book is divided into three parts. Part I places the legal system in a political perspective centering on the

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Firmly anchored in social science concepts, the second edition of The American Legal System demonstrates the relationships among private law, the business legal environment, and public law issues, as well as related subjects of interest. This fifteen-chapter book is divided into three parts. Part I places the legal system in a political perspective centering on the origins of the law, schools of jurisprudence, branches and functions of law, legitimacy of law, how the judiciary functions in the federal system of government, and judicial interpretation and decision making. Part II contrasts legal processes: civil suits for money damages, criminal processes, equity justice, administrative processes, and alternative dispute resolution. Part III centers on the legal norms or rules governing both civil and criminal conduct, property law, family law, contract law, and government regulation of business. Throughout, the text features edited court opinions—many new to this edition—illustrating lively and thought-provoking controversies that are certain to spark student interest. Among the many compelling issues addressed are the legal and constitutional controversies surrounding the Bush Administration's "War on Terror," and the socially explosive developments concerning same-sex marriage. In addition, each chapter includes at least three comparative notes showing how other legal cultures in different nation-states treat legal matters. A wealth of pedagogical features—chapter-opening objectives; key terms, names, and concepts; a glossary, discussion questions, and appendices—are included to aid student comprehension. The authors have prepared an Instructor's Manual and Test Bank to facilitate the book's use in the classroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742547537
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/24/2007
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
720
Product dimensions:
7.43(w) x 10.43(h) x 1.93(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Legal System in Perspective Chapter 2 Law in Perspective Chapter 3 Legitimacy and the Limits of Authority Chapter 4 The Judiciary and the Federal System Chapter 5 Judicial Interpretation and Decision-Making Part 6 Contrasting Legal Processes Chapter 7 Civil Suits for Money Damages Chapter 8 Equity Processes Chapter 9 Criminal Processes Chapter 10 Administrative Processes Chapter 11 Alternative Dispute Resolution Part 12 Legal Norms: Law Governing Conduct, Property, and Relations among Individuals, and Business Regulation Chapter 13 Torts Chapter 14 Property Chapter 15 Family Law Chapter 16 Criminal Law Chapter 17 Contracts Chapter 18 Government Regulation of Business Part 19 Appendices Chapter 20 Appendix I: Constitution of the United States Chapter 21 Appendix II: Excerpts from ALI's Model Penal Code and Article 3 of the Uniform Commercial Code Chapter 22 Appendix III: Guide to Legal Citations 23 Appendix IV: Guide to Internet Sites Part 24 Glossary of Selected Legal and Foreign Language Terms

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