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In the fourth edition of Foundations of Law, concentration on the overview of American law and its legal system permeates the text to assist students in preparation for advanced courses of study. Over forty excerpted judicial opinions are used to illustrate basic themes, and instructive case studies are presented to challenge students beyond acquiring knowledge, so that thorough understanding of concepts and their application in difficult scenarios can be achieved. Each chapter is designed for one week of study, and is written with clarity and conciseness to facilitate comprehension of the material. The addition of chapter review questions and websites promote learning and retention.
Chapter 1: Law and the Profession of Law Chapter 2: Ethics Chapter 3: Sources of the Law: Cases Chapter 4: Sources of the Law: Legislation Chapter 5: Trial and Appellate Courts Chapter 6: State and Federal Courts Chapter 7: Procedure in Civil Cases Chapter 8: The Law of Criminal Procedure Chapter 9: Criminal Law Chapter 10: Torts, Personal Injury, and Compensation Chapter 11: Contracts and Commercial Law Chapter 12: The Law of Property Chapter 13: Family Law Chapter 14: Administrative Law and Procedure Chapter 15: Law in the Age of Computers