Law 101

September 1, 2014

Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About American Law

by Jay M. Feinman

In each of the first three editions of Law 101, Jay Feinman gave readers and examination of the American legal system. Since the third edition was published in 2010,much has happened: several Supreme Court cases have been decided, we've seen sensational criminal trials, and the legal system has had to account for the latest developments in Internet law. 

 

This updated fourth edition of Law 101 accounts for all this and more as Feinman once again provides an introduction to American law. The book covers all the main subjects taught in the first year of law school, and discusses every facet of the American legal tradition, including constitutional law, the litigation process, and criminal, property, and contracts law.

 

To accomplish this, Feinman brings in noteworthy and infamous examples and cases. We learn about the case involving scalding coffee that cost McDonald's half a million dollars, the murder trial in Victorian London that gave us the legal definition of insanity, and the decision that gave the Supreme Court the power to declare state and federal law unconstitutional. A key to learning about the law is learning legal vocabulary, and Feinman helps by clarifying terms like "due process" and "equal protection," as well as by drawing distinctions between terms like "murder" and "manslaughter."

 

- adapted and revised from publisher

 

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