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An Introduction to the American Legal System, Second Edition / Edition 2

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Overview

The Second Edition of this successful text, An Introduction to the American Legal System, continues to offer an accessible, practical overview of the American Legal System. It introduces students to legal concepts, procedures, and principles while giving them a solid grounding in important areas of substantive law as well as in legal history.

Among the features that make this text such an excellent teaching tool:

• organization into four parts progresses logically from the origins of the law through legislation and procedure

Part I, Foundation of the Legal System, sets forth the fundamental concepts of the law and examines the historical development of the legal system
Part II, Substance of the Law, provides an overview of constitutional law, criminal law, torts, property, contracts, business, and family law
Part III, The Legal Process, surveys civil and criminal procedure
Part IV, Legislative and Administrative Developments in the Law, covers legislation and administrative law

• concise “Cases in Point” illustrate the applicability of the law to real world issues capture student interest
questions in every chapter stimulate thought and classroom discussion
• a strong pedagogy includes learning objectives, chapter outlines, and a glossary

New to the Second Edition:

expanded coverage of torts and property law
increased focus on crimes and criminal procedure
new and expanded discussion of the PATRIOT Act, including new amendments and results of recent litigation, as well as material on terrorism and immigration offenses
• updated cases include new, hot-button cases, such as Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, Crawford v. Washington on the admissibility of hearsay evidence in criminal cases
• an expanded section on battered woman syndrome and battered child syndrome
• Appendices on how to find the law and how to brief a case

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735579255
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 7/31/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 516
  • Sales rank: 1,227,543
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Foundations of the Legal System

1. Development of American Law
2. Structures of American Law

Part II: The Substance of the Law

3. Constitutional Law
4. Criminal Law
5. Torts
6. Property Law
7. Contracts and Business Law
8. Family Law

Part II: The Legal Process

9. Civil Procedure, Evidence and the Appellate Process
10. Criminal Procedure

Part IV: Legislative and Administrative Developments in the Law

11. Legislation
12. Administrative Law and Procedure

Appendix A: The Constitution of the United States of America
Appendix B: Glossary of Legal Terms

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