American Law and the Legal System: Equal Justice Under the Law

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Cengage Learning, 2000 - Law - 386 pages
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Introduction to American Law and Legal System is a revision of the successful Equal Justice Under the Law. It provides the student with an overview of the system of law and government in the United States. While landmark cases and other cases of interest are referenced throughout the text, this is not a case-based textbook. Hypothetical cases are presented to help the student better understand the inner workings of the judicial system in both criminal and civil cases. Six illustrative cases are provided in an appendix to offer practical examples of the major concepts included in the introductory chapters of the text. This text is designed to provide the conceptual tools needed to prepare individuals for their roles as citizens, paralegals, lawyers, teachers, law enforcement agents, government employees, and judges. Key words: Substantive law
 

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Contents

The Expanding Legal Professions
3
Ideas That Have Shaped Our Law
25
The Basic Structure of Our Federal System
45
Legal Reasoning and Research
61
PART
85
Marriage and Annulment Marriage Requirements Rights
98
Personal Property Rights Legal Actions to Recover Personal
105
Review Exercise
114
Evaluation of the Civil Process
185
Introduction to Criminal Legal Process
209
The Pretrial Process in Criminal Cases
237
A Murder Trial
257
Evaluating The Criminal Process
283
PART FOUR
305
Conclusion
325
Glossary of Key Terms
363

Initiating Legal Process in an Illustrative Civil Case
117
Pretrial Process in Civil Cases
135
Argument and Adjudication
155

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