An Introduction to American Law

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9781594601095: An Introduction to American Law

The fundamental rules, court cases, concepts and trends of each key subject in American law are presented in a narrative tailored to the reader without an American legal background. Each chapter covers a major area of law, summarizes the leading doctrines, analyzes recurring, current and developing trends, highlights areas of contemporary debate, offers streamlined versions of precedent-setting cases, raises questions for further discussion and lists important vocabulary words. This book is ideal for readers who want to understand the contemporary American legal system at a more than superficial level, but who are not currently studying to become American lawyers. The style, organization and content make the book attractive for such readers as those planning on entering law school; paralegal assistants; students of American law outside of the United States; American undergraduates taking a course in American law and/or in a pre-law program; and graduate level students in subjects other than American law.

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This work has a stronger narrative line than textbooks that often consist of case reports stitched together without any discussion of "black letter" law. Each case is introduced and placed within its larger social and legal context. The cases are streamlined versions designed to be comprehensible to ordinary readers while still conveying both the content and the philosophy of the opinion writer and major dissenters (if any). The book does away with many historical discussions, except where a discussion of history is needed to understand unique aspects of the American legal system. The style and organization of the book reflect the authors' 30 years of experience teaching law to both native speakers of English and students to whom English is a second language. In a word, the book is accessible to a wide range of readers and it is practical and useable in the classroom.

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Prof. Gerald Paul McAlinn is a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of California (inactive status); a member of the International Arbitration Panel of the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association; and a former Law Clerk to the Hon. A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Prof. Daniel Rosen is admitted to the practice of law in Texas and the District of Columbia. He served as Law Clerk to Chief Judge James R. Browning, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Rosen was Editor-in-Chief of the Southwestern Law Journal (now SMU Law Review). He was a Fulbright Lecturer in Japan and a Japan Foundation Research Fellow; Rosen is a Member of the Radio-Television News Directors Association.

Prof. John P. Stern is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and of the International Arbitration Panel of the American Arbitration Association. He is a member of the Bar of the State of California, the State of New York and the District of Columbia.

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