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xiii, 360 pages ; 24 cm
  • What is a legal system?
  • Law : formal and informal
  • The background of American law
  • The structure of American law : the courts
  • The structure of American law : statutes and statute makers
  • The structure of American law : executing policy
  • Federalism and American legal culture
  • Inside the black box : the substance of law
  • Crimes and punishments
  • Constitutional law and civil liberties
  • On legal behavior
  • Legal culture : legitimacy and morality
  • The American legal profession
  • Law and social change
  • Epilogue: The future of law in the United States.
This book provides an introduction to the American legal system for a broad readership. Its focus is on law in practice, on the role of the law in American society, and how the social context affects the living law of the United States. It covers the institutions of law creation and application, law in American government, American legal culture and the legal profession, American criminal and civil justice, and civil rights. Clearly written, the book has been widely used in both undergraduate and graduate courses as an introduction to the legal system; it will be useful, too, to a general audience interested in understanding how this vital social system works. _ This new edition, which keeps the same basic structure of earlier editions, has been revised and brought up to date, reflecting the way the legal system has adapted to the complex new world of the twenty-first century.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190460594 20170220
Law Library (Crown)
xii, 722 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Structure, power, and form : American public law, 1900-1932
  • The legal profession in the early twentieth century
  • The law of business and commerce
  • Crime and punishment in the new century
  • Race relations and civil liberties
  • The Roosevelt revolution
  • War and postwar : prosperity and the flowering of the welfare state
  • Crime and criminal justice in the postwar world
  • Courts, trials, and procedures in the twentieth century
  • Race relations and civil rights
  • The liability explosion : personal-injury law in the twentieth century
  • Business law in an age of change
  • The law of property
  • Family law and family life
  • Internal legal culture : the legal profession
  • American legal culture in the twentieth century
  • Backward and forward : counterrevolution and its aftershocks
  • Getting around and spreading the word
  • Law : an American export
  • Taking stock.
Law Library (Crown)