An Introduction to the American Legal System is a comprehensive introduction to law and the legal process. It explains the evolution of American law, its current structures and processes, and examines the main substantive areas of law, including torts, contracts, civil procedure, criminal law and procedure, and constitutional law. Although the book is comprehensive, it is written to be accessible to students who may not have any academic background in law. The text uses special features to break up potential monotony and engage the student, while emphasizing the "nuts and bolts" of the legal system. Each chapter is by "Questions for Thought and Discussion" and a review of presented key terms.
John M. Scheb was born in Orlando, Florida, in 1926. He entered the practice of law in 1950. He served as associate municipal judge in Sarasota, Florida, from 1957 to 1959. From 1959 to 1970, he served as City Attorney for the city of Sarasota. In 1974, he was appointed to the Florida District Court of Appeal, second district, a position he held until his retirement in 1992. Judge Scheb holds the B.A. from Florida Southern College, the J.D. from the University of Florida, and the LL.M. from the University of Virginia.
John M. Scheb, II attended the University of Florida, where he received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in political science. He is now Professor and Head of Political Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he specializes in public law, courts, and the judicial process. Professor Scheb has authored numerous articles in professional journals and is coauthor of several other textbooks, including: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM, 3rd Edition (Wolters Kluwer, 2013), LAW AND ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS (Thomson/Wadsworth, 2005), and AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, 6th Edition (Wadsworth/Cengage, 2014).
Preface. Chapter 1: Development of American Law. Chapter 2: Structures of American Law. Chapter 3: Constitutional Law. Chapter 4: Criminal Law. Chapter 5: Torts. Chapter 6: Property Law. Chapter 7: Contracts and Business Law. Chapter 8: Family Law. Chapter 9: Civil Procedure, Evidence and the Appellate Process. Chapter 10: Criminal Procedure. Chapter 11: Legislation. Chapter 12: Administrative Law and Procedure. Appendix. Index. Table of Cases.