An Introduction to the American Legal System

Author: John M. Scheb

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9780766827592

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 472

View: 3376

"An Introduction to the American Legal System" is ideal for undergraduate students in legal studies, political science, criminal justice, pre-law, and sociology programs, paralegal programs, as well as for anyone with an interest in the historical and contemporary approaches to law in America.

An Introduction to the American Legal System

Author: John M. Scheb II,Hemant Sharma

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law and Business

ISBN: 9781454851202

Category: Law

Page: 500

View: 5385

The Fourth Edition of An Introduction to the American Legal System provides both historical context and thoroughly up-to-date coverage of all aspects of American law and the legal system. Vivid examples, on-point case summaries, and hot-button issues make this text an obvious choice for paralegal, criminal justice, political science, or legal studies courses. Key New Features Cases in Point that concisely illustrate how the law applies in the real world Questions for discussion in every chapter that point to high-interest issues for debate Discussions of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions such as the Obamacare decisions, the Defense of Marriage Act decision, and key rulings on recess appointments and First Amendment Rights Contemporary topical coverage, such as the national security legislation and whistleblowers Updated discussions of justifiable use of force, intellectual property, abortion rights, capital punishment, and affirmative action A well-crafted design that includes learning objectives and chapter outlines A convenient Glossary of Legal Terms and The Constitution of the United States of America in the Appendices

Law and the Legal System

An Introduction to Law and Legal Studies in the United States

Author: Thomas R. Van Dervort,David L. Hudson

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law and Business

ISBN: 9780735508705

Category: Law

Page: 614

View: 1174

Designed to teach the basics needed to prepare students for any role in the legal system, Law and the Legal System engages students through the use of examples and practical applications of legal principles. Whether they are interested in pursuing legal careers as lawyers or paralegals, or political science careers, or criminal justice interests, students are provided a basic understanding of the law and how to find it. Mock trial experiences are encouraged, and each chapter involves the student in exercises that review understanding of legal terms and concepts. Six cases in an appendix illustrate basic concepts, and hypothetical cases showcase the inner workings of the judicial system in both criminal and civil cases. Internet sources, key terms, case excerpts, research assignments, review exercises and discussion questions help students reinforce the key concepts in each chapter, and suggested activities engage students in discovery projects. Thoroughly updated, the revised Third Edition expands coverage with new chapters on Legal Research and Writing, Tort Law, Contract Law, Family Law, Employment Law, and Equal Protection Law. Careful updating of information throughout the book includes refreshed Internet references to the text. Hallmark features of An Introduction to Law and Legal Studies in the United States: Solid overview of the system of law and government Readability, accessibility Provides the basics for any role in the legal system lawyer or paralegal career political science or criminal justice work Practical applications to engage students with legal principles mock trial experiences encouraged chapter exercises review legal terms and concepts activities engage students in discovery projects Five part structure, comprehensive coverage Basic Legal Concepts Substantive Civil Law Civil Law Procedure Criminal Law Procedure Administrative Due Process Six cases illustrate major basic concepts Explains difficult legal concepts in a reader-friendly format Hypothetical cases reveal workings of judicial system in both criminal and civil cases Differentiates civil, criminal, and administrative due process Discusses history as well as contemporary state of law and current controversies Pedagogically rich Internet sources key terms case excerpts research assignments review exercises discussion questions Thoroughly updated, the revised Third Edition presents: New chapters Legal Research and Writing Tort Law Contract Law Family Law Employment Law Equal Protection Law Updated Internet references New material, brought completely up-to-date

Whose Monet?

An Introduction to the American Legal System

Author: John A. Humbach

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 1454876166

Category: Law

Page: 256

View: 1687

This extraordinary paperback provides a highly accessible and appealing orientation to the American legal system and presents basic concepts of civil litigation to first-year law students. Whose Monet? An Introduction to the American Legal System focuses on a lengthy dispute over the ownership of a painting as a vehicle for introducing students to the basic law school tasks of reading analytically, understanding legal materials, and working with the common law. The author and his colleagues have used these materials successfully in their classrooms for many years, ensuring their teachability and effectiveness: Whose Monet? can be used as primary course material in orientation courses or seminars, as well as collateral reading for in-semester Legal Process or Civil Procedure courses The organization is logical and straightforward and the accessible writing style--lucid, descriptive, and conversational--is ideal for incoming students The major events in a lawsuit are considered, and the text sheds light on how the law is applied in a civil dispute, introducing common law and statutory law and the various courts and their interrelationship (trial/appellate, state/federal) The author draws on judicial opinions, litigation papers, transcripts, and selections from commentators and various jurisprudential sources, thereby exposing the first-year student to as broad a spectrum of materials as possible Telling the story of a real lawsuit (DeWeerth v. Baldinger)--from client intake through trial and various appeals--draws students into the legal process by means of an engaging narrative and makes for a truly enjoying teaching experience for professors The lawyer's role is examined in both its functional and moral dimensions: What do lawyers do? What does society legitimately expect lawyers to do? This book is suitable for both classroom and stand-alone assigned reading

Learning about the Law, Third Edition

Author: Constantinos E. Scaros

Publisher: Aspen Publishers

ISBN: 9780735568389

Category: Law

Page: 406

View: 6905

Concise and readable, the student-friendly text; Learning About the Law, Third Edition is designed to give students an understandable introduction to the legal system. Proven strengths include: * readable and easily understood text that introduces students to all the basic concepts of the law * designed to make concepts clear and accessible, piquing students' interest without confusing them with overwhelming vocabulary * uses helpful examples and analogies to make the law come to life * shorter book that can be used in a less comprehensive introductory course or be combined with other materials * the first half of the book discusses the American Legal System and the basics of briefing cases, legal writing, legal research, and litigation while the second half of the book introduces students to the building blocks of the law: contracts, torts, and criminal law with the final two chapters include helpful information on ethics and careers in the law * each chapter includes charts, illustrations, and photos, as well as key terms, review questions, and exercises New to the Third Edition: * critical thinking questions added at the end of each chapter. These more in-depth questions challenge students to think about what they have learned * more exercises added to Contracts and Torts chapters * new section on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Chapter 5 * section on Sources of American Law added to Chapter 1 * new Supreme Court cases added to the Court Cases appendix The book is part of a comprehensive instructional package that includes PowerPoint slides and an extensive Instructor's Manual featuring: * sample syllabi * information on teaching strategies * chapter-by-chapter resource information * answer keys for all discussion questions and Internet assignments * detailed suggestions for additional assignments * a Test Bank of exam questions available in both the Instructor's Manual and on CD-ROM Learning About the Law, Third Edition gives students a broad-brush overview of the legal system that is readable and easily understood. The book affords them a basic introduction without overwhelming them at this early stage. Through the use of Scaros' text students will develop a firm foundation of in the basics of the law. An author website to support classroom instruction using this title is available at http://www.aspenlawschool.com/scaros3 *Instructor's Manuals are a professional courtesy offered to professors only. For more information or to request a copy, please contact Wolter's Kluwer Law & Business at 800.529.7545 or [email protected]

The American Legal System for Foreign Lawyers

Author: Eldon H. Reiley,Connie de la Vega

Publisher: Kluwer Law International

ISBN: 9781454807254

Category: Law

Page: 507

View: 5845

Heavily classroom-tested by the authors and other instructors, this powerful teaching tool puts an emphasis on vocabulary and solid learning aids to introduce the American legal system to foreign law students. Focusing on constitutional law, the authors provide in-depth coverage of major issues such as the health care mandate, Arizona immigration law, the Defense of Marriage Act, affirmative action, the Supreme Court citation on international authority and more. The American Legal System for Foreign Lawyers uses contract law to show the continued development of common law and considers the role and function of judges, characterizing the differences between common and civil law. Other important issues are highlighted such as the differences between judicial review of legislation under constitutional challenge, judicial interpretation of statutes, and judicial development and application of common law contract and property law principles. Interesting cases and solid case-reading coverage combine with tables, graphical material, and glossaries to help students grasp United States law. Features of The American Legal System for Foreign Lawyers: Heavily class-room tested by the authors and other instructors In-depth coverage of major issues Health Care Mandate Arizona immigration law Defense of Marriage Act Absorption of the Second Amendment Affirmative Action Supreme Court citation on international authority Uses contract law to show continued development of common law Considers the role and function of judges, characterizing the differences between common and civil law Highlights important differences judicial review of legislation under constitutional challenge judicial interpretation of statutes judicial development and application of common law contract and property law principles Teaching and learning aids tables charts and graphical materials chapter and whole book glossaries Interesting cases and coverage of case-reading

An Introduction to American Law

Author: Daniel Allan Rosen,Bruce Aronson,David G. Litt,John Peter Stern,Gerald Paul McAlinn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781611638455

Category: Law

Page: 533

View: 3989

The Study of Law

A Critical Thinking Approach

Author: Katherine A. Currier,Thomas E. Eimermann

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 9781454808756

Category: Law

Page: 649

View: 9327

The Study of Law is a sweeping, intelligent overview of all the key concepts covered in a typical introduction to law course. A critical thinking approach encourages students to interact with the materials through hypotheticals, examples, and well-designed questions. The text is divided into two parts, reflecting the order of topics addressed in a typical course. The first part, Introduction to the Legal System, presents the sources and classification of law, the structure of the court system, and an overview of litigation. The second part, Basic Legal Concepts, covers the fundamental analysis and interpretation of the law as well as substantive law. The chapters on substantive law use carefully edited cases to teach students how to read and analyze the law. The Study of Law teaches students the basic skills necessary to understand statutes and court cases, and effective pedagogy reinforces the accessible and well-organized text. Appendices address the U.S. Constitution, Fundamentals of Good Writing, and NetNotes. The Third Edition features updated cases and incorporates new developments in the law. Legal reasoning exercises similarly reflect new cases, and Web exercises accompany this revised edition. Hallmark features of Study of Law: comprehensive, intelligent overview of all key concepts covered in a typical introduction to law course critical thinking approach introduces students to the study of law encourages interaction with the materials through hypotheticals, examples, and well-designed questions two part structure mirrors course outline Introduction to the Legal System sources and classification of law the structure of the court system an overview of litigation Basic Legal Concepts the basics of analysis and interpretation of the law chapters on substantive law Teaches the basic skills necessary to understand statutes and court cases Strong pedagogy reinforces well-written text presented in an accessible, well-organized format substantive law chapters use edited cases to show students how to read and analyze the law helpful Appendices U.S. Constitution Fundamentals of Good Writing NetNotes The revised Third Edition presents: updated cases and new developments in the law refreshed Legal reasoning exercises that reflect new cases Web exercises

An Introduction to the Legal System of the United States

Author: Edward Allan Farnsworth,Steve Sheppard

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0199733104

Category: Law

Page: 227

View: 3655

An excellent introduction or refresher in the United States legal system for all,especially students and foreign audiences.

An Introduction to the American Legal System, Government, and Constitutional Law

Author: Diane S. Kaplan

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 1454870958

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

View: 806

This new coursebook introduces students to the relationship among the American constitutional, governmental, and legal systems. With a clear and concise presentation, this book explores historical and contemporary events, judicial opinions, and constitutional provisions that demonstrate how the three systems accommodate social progress in an ever-changing and highly diverse nation. Perfect for LLM courses or even undergraduate classes, this book aims to teach students how to understand constitutional doctrines, brief judicial opinions, and how American history affects contemporary legal issues. Features: Clear and concise presentation and logical organization of material making it an excellent introductory book to the American legal system Inclusion of modern cases on relevant topics, such as same-sex marriage, legalization of marijuana, and homicidal laws affecting juveniles Chapter questions that facilitate basic legal analysis through hypotheticals, opinion briefing, and application of constitutional provisions Inclusion of important historical and political events, such as lawsuits brought against Presidents, congressional impeachment powers, the Electoral College System, the Supreme Court s resolution of voting issues, the Civil War and post Civil War constitutional amendments, the Civil Rights movement, presidential and congressional war powers, and Supreme Court opinions about Guantanamo Bay detainees

Introduction to Law for Paralegals

Author: Neal R. Bevans

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 1454858265

Category: Law

Page: 452

View: 4836

Introduction to Law for Paralegals covers not only the theory but also the practical aspects of every day legal practice. This text prepares students for the transition from classroom to courtroom, offering balanced coverage of procedural concepts along with an introduction to specific areas of the law. Features: devotion to practical applications, such as legal research, ethics, trials, and appellate issues as well as substantive legal issues, ranging from personal injury and contracts to intellectual property clear, engaging writing style emphasis on practical skill acquisition which is discussed in conjunction with substantive legal issues reader-friendly design, with marginal definitions of key terms and phrases, inset boxes that explore various concepts, and chapter features such as "Skills You Need in the Real World" and "Issues at a Glance" that encapsulate important concepts. The text also includes numerous examples, figures, tables and hypotheticals to help students understand various legal issues and make effective use of different student learning styles excellent end-of-chapter activities, with chapter summaries, review questions, discussion questions, web references, ethics discussions,suggestions for further reading, sample documents, and "personality quizzes" that help students determine what area of the law is right for them shorter length and level of material makes this text the perfect choice for Associate's level paralegal courses New to the Second Edition: new developments and new case law more in-depth coverage of substantive law areas more coverage of computer technology in the law office

Criminal Procedure

Investigation

Author: Erwin Chemerinsky,Laurie L. Levenson

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 1454897678

Category: Law

Page: 984

View: 5423

Focusing on the investigation phase of criminal procedure, Criminal Procedure: Investigation combines Laurie L. Levenson’s first-hand experience in the criminal justice system with Erwin Chemerinsky’s student-friendly writing style. The Third Edition examines the impact of a host of recent developments in the courts and legislature on the process investigating crime. It eschews reliance on rhetorical questions and law review excerpts in favor of comprehensive exploration of black letter law and trendsetting policy issues. The book utilizes a chronological approach that guides students through criminal procedure doctrine from rules governing law enforcement investigation to matters related to habeas corpus relief. In addition to presenting the perspectives from various stakeholders, the authors take care to provide students with useful, practice-oriented materials. Criminal Procedure: Investigation not only employs a systemic approach that takes students through issues from policy to application of legal doctrine but also introduces issues at the forefront of modern criminal procedure debates. Key Features: Straightforward writing style and clear, dynamic text that is uncluttered with law review excerpts and features thoughtfully edited principal and minor cases. Intuitive chronological presentation of topics. Systematic and cohesive exploration of policy on every issue, before moving on to the specifics of doctrine. Practice-oriented features and discussion of important, modern criminal procedure issues. Approachable organization based on common progression through criminal justice system. Straight writing style that relies on cases and author essays rather than law review excerpts and strict Socratic rhetoric questions. Practice-oriented features, discussion of modern policy issues, useful example documents for practitioners. Useful examples for future and current criminal law practitioners.

Law in America

A Short History

Author: Lawrence M. Friedman

Publisher: Modern Library

ISBN: 1588362507

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 7153

“Law in America is a little gem. It is a peerless introduction to our legal history—concise, clear, tellingly told, and beautifully written. The greatest living historian of American law has done it again.” —Stanley N. Katz, former president of the American Society for Legal History and the Organization of American Historians “All societies have laws, but neither all laws nor all legal systems are alike. No one has thought more deeply or written more clearly about the peculiar role of law in American life than Lawrence Friedman. In this trenchant, illuminating book, he distills a lifetime of scholarship and teaching into a concise and provocative explanation of the role that law has played in shaping the distinctive contours of American history and culture.” —David M. Kennedy, professor of history at Stanford University and author of Freedom from Fear Throughout America’s history, our laws have been a reflection of who we are, of what we value, of who has control. They embody our society’s genetic code. In the masterful hands of the subject’s greatest living historian, the story of the evolution of our laws serves to lay bare the deciding struggles over power and justice that have shaped this country from its birth pangs to the present. Law in America is a supreme example of the historian’s art, its brevity a testament to the great elegance and wit of its composition.

The United States Legal System

An Introduction

Author: Margaret Z. Johns,Rex R. Perschbacher

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781611638608

Category:

Page: 276

View: 1006

This book introduces legal education, the legal profession, the legal system, and primary sources of the law. It begins with the basics and then introduces more sophisticated issues. The fourth edition updates all the statistical information about legal education and the legal profession, uses a new series of cases showing the evolution of the common law, and includes the Obergefell case to illustrate the complex interplay of legal doctrines.

An Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning

Author: Steven J. Burton

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 1454822635

Category: Law

Page: 224

View: 1901

Now in its Third Edition, An Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning continues to be the ideal go-to for the first year law student. It is a short, practical book that introduces beginning law students and others to contemporary law and legal reasoning. By presenting these topics through various discussions of cases and examples, it provides students with a solid source to reference for years to come. A dependable, practical source, that: Covers analogical and deductive reasoning, as well as the roles of legal conventions, purposes, and policies in legal reasoning Discusses cases of varying difficulty to diversify the learning process Presents law and legal reasoning primarily through discussions of cases and examples that avoid the abstraction characteristic of most competing books Emphasizes the law as used in practice by lawyers and judges Provides an explicit and systematic introduction to law and legal reasoning Offers a source suitable for use as supplementary reading in any first year course, in legal research and writing courses, in paralegal courses, and in other settings This great new edition has been carefully updated to include: A new chapter, "Hardest Cases," that highlights cases notorious in the press Updates throughout that guarantee the most current legal information

American Law

An Introduction

Author: Lawrence M. Friedman,Grant M. Hayden

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190460598

Category:

Page: 384

View: 4217

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 follows the same basic structure as applied in the previous editions providing a thorough revision and reworking of the text. This edition reflects upon what has happened in the years since the second edition was published in 1998, and how these events and evolutions have shaped our fundamental comprehension of the workings of the American legal system today.

Introduction to Law and the Legal System

Author: Frank Schubert

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1285438256

Category: Political Science

Page: 640

View: 1107

INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM provides an overview of law and the American legal system, using cases to support the major functions of U.S. law. Suitable for a variety of departments and courses, this text is known for its broad coverage, flexible organization, and use of cases to explain legal concepts. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Law Office Management for Paralegals

Author: Laurel A. Vietzen

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 1454861347

Category: Law

Page: 396

View: 1801

This is a comprehensive introduction to law office management, written specifically for paralegal students taking a stand-alone office management course. Unique among textbooks of its kind, it provides thorough coverage of all aspects of law office management and organization, including ethics and soft skills such as communications and critical thinking that are key to successful office management. Assignments are drawn from real-world law office management situations and supported by innovative visual aids and learning tools, such as Clio, Tabs, and PracticeMaster, which gives students hands-on practice with timekeeping systems. Features: Supported by visual aids and innovative learning devices, this book offers complete coverage of principles of management; employment and compensation; personnel structure of different types of law offices; billing and accounting methods; administrative systems; technology; and the tasks, responsibilities, and roles of lawyers and paralegals. Every chapter includes an ethics assignment. A new chapter walks students through exercises using Clio, Tabs III, and PracticeMaster software (available online to users of this text) for time-keeping, conflicts checks, entering contacts, entering dates in the docket system, trust accounting, generating a form letter, and other client-file tasks. The chapter also directs students through creation of a pdf portfolio, redacting documents, and creating bookmarks. New career profiles emphasize the importance of involvement in professional organizations, advancement in the legal field without obtaining a law degree, and that the legal profession Is populated by men and women of all ages and backgrounds.

Civil Procedure

Doctrine, Practice, and Content

Author: Stephen N. Subrin,Martha L. Minow,Mark S. Brodin,Thomas O. Main,Alexandra D. Lahav

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 1454880325

Category: Law

Page: 1312

View: 9583

Written by respected scholars and experienced educators, this book showcases rules and doctrine of civil procedure at work in actual practice of law. The procedural and nonprocedural aspects of the cases are thought-provoking, to hold students’ interest. Each chapter contains a well-written introduction, cases, and clear explanations of the doctrine, supported by comments and questions which deepen students’ understanding and clarify key concepts. This book also includes more than forty well-crafted problems the can be used in or out of class to to help students solidify their understanding of the materials. In-class exercises and simulations based on two sample case files are integrated throughout. Pleadings, memoranda, transcripts, exhibits, motions, and more – all taken from real cases – appear in the Appendix. Features: All cases and notes have been updated so that the book is current through the early part of 2016 Authors have added several practice exercises to the text that give students more experiential learning opportunities Two sample case files with transcripts, memoranda, exhibits, motions integrated throughout book Emphasis on lawyering skills and values and social responsibility Distinguished authorship by experienced educator-scholars

The International Lawyer's Guide to Legal Analysis and Communication in the United States

Author: Deborah B. McGregor,Cynthia M. Adams

Publisher: Aspen Law & Business

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 469

View: 7994

Ideal for teaching international lawyers about the U.S.study of law, this coursebook uses a global perspective to put the basic principles of legal reasoning, writing, and research into context. To effectively teach analysis and communication within the U.S. legal system, the authors present: material that can be easily adapted to a one-semester or two-semester writing course, using a one chapter/one idea concept a building-block approach to legal analysis based on the common law--each chapter focuses on a key concept that builds on what had been covered in the previous chapter tailored topical coverage that includes: a concise introduction to the U.S. legal system, the common law as U.S. precedent, and the anatomy of a U.S. lawsuit practical guidance for law study in the United States, including how to brief a case for class and other suggestions about the law school classroom a special chapter on plagiarism, a particularly troublesome aspect of writing for ESL students instruction on drafting client letters and demand letters, including effective word, phrasing, and structural choices for emphasis an overview of statutory interpretation theories coverage of drafting both fact-based and law-based issue discussions citation rules, including citing to international and online materials chapters on the U.S. approach to drafting contracts, emphasizing international transactions techniques for taking law school examinations engaging examples and exercises a glossary of terms To prepare international lawyers for practice in the U.S. legal system, use the coursebook that employs basic coverage, solid pedagogy, and a multicultural perspective.