American Law: An Introduction / Edition 2by Lawrence Friedman
Pub. Date: 03/28/1998
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Thousands of rules affect our work and play, what we buy, and how we get along with our neighbors. This book meets the need of students and general readers alike for a comprehensive introduction to the American legal system. It explains how laws are made and brilliantly explores the way changes in law mirror, and sometimes guide, changes in society .
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.
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Table of Contents
1. What Is a Legal System?
2. Law: Formal and Informal
3. The Background of American Law
4. The Structure of American Law: The Courts
5. The Structure of American Law: Statutes and Statute Makers
6. The Structure of American Law: Executing Policy
7. Federalism and American Legal Culture
8. Inside the Black Box: The Substance of Law
9. Crimes and Punishments
10. Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties
11. On Legal Behavior
12. Legal Culture: Legitimacy and Morality
13. The American Legal Profession
14. Law and Social Change
15. Epilogue: The Future of Law in the United States
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