An Introduction To the American Legal System 2nd Edition

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<p> The Second Edition of this successful text, <b>An Introduction to the American Legal System</b>, 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. </p> <p> <b>Among the features that make this text such an excellent teaching tool:</b> </p> <ul> <li> organization into four parts <b>progresses logically from the origins of the law through legislation and procedure</b> <ul> <li> <b>Part I, Foundation of the Legal System</b>, sets forth the fundamental concepts of the law and examines the historical development of the legal system </li> <li> <b>Part II, Substance of the Law,</b> provides an overview of constitutional law, criminal law, torts, property, contracts, business, and family law </li> <li> <b>Part III, The Legal Process</b>, surveys civil and criminal procedure </li> <li> <b>Part IV, Legislative and Administrative Developments in the Law,</b> covers legislation and administrative law </li> </ul> </li> <li> concise <b>“Cases in Point”</b> illustrate the applicability of the law to real world issues capture student interest </li> <li> <b>questions</b> in every chapter stimulate thought and classroom discussion </li> <li> a <b>strong pedagogy</b> includes learning objectives, chapter outlines, and a glossary </li> </ul> <p> <b>New to the Second Edition:</b> </p> <ul> <li> <b>expanded coverage of torts and property law </b> </li> <li> <b>increased focus on crimes and criminal procedure </b> </li> <li> <b>new and expanded discussion of the PATRIOT Act</b>, including new amendments and results of recent litigation, as well as material on terrorism and immigration offenses </li> <li> updated cases include <b>new, hot-button cases</b>, such as <i>Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, Crawford v. Washington</i> on the admissibility of hearsay evidence in criminal cases </li> <li> an expanded section on <b>battered woman syndrome </b>and<b> battered child syndrome</b> </li> <li> Appendices on <b>how to find the law </b>and<b> how to brief a case</b> </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

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