This treatise presents a social history tracing law in America from the Colonial and frontier eras to the present. The main emphasis is on the 19th century but treatment of such contemporary legal issues as environmental law, the death penalty, and family law is emphasized and in some cases, reflects the author's evolving views.
Written primarily for foreign lawyers and Americans new to the study of law, this is a basic introduction to American Law, the sources of law, the American Constitutional System and the Judiciary. Also included is a very basic overview of contract law, tort law, property law and criminal law and procedure.
"This book provides an overview of American legal institutions and sources of law, and presents a guide to the interrelationships between and among those institutions and legal authorities. It discusses the defining role of the doctrine of stare decisis in the American common law system and the critical judicial review function. In addition, American Legal Systems shows the reader how to determine and apply the relative priorities of sources of law, all in the context of the legislative process, agency action, and principles of constitutional and legislative supremacy. American Legal Systems ties many of these concepts to the realities of law practice. Portions of the book demonstrate how to locate specific resources, use legal terms, and prepare commonplace legal documents. Among the main virtues of the book is its "reader-friendliness." It introduces readers to some extremely complicated issues of American jurisprudence in a clear and straightforward way."
This treatise is written for lawyers interested in a basic history of American jurisprudence. It provides an introduction to sociological jurisprudence, legal realism, law and economics, and feminist jurisprudence.
This is an anthology of great legal writings by such authors as Oliver Wendell Holmes, Catharine MacKinnon and John Dewey. The articles are compiled in separate sections covering the Old Order, the New Order, the Emergence of Eclecticism and Critical Legal Studies.
This early 20th century treatise attempted to arrange jurisprudence, laws and the constitution of the United States in an analytical method to promote the study of U.S. law. The primary classification of legal subjects, the sources and systems of law and the national government are just a few of the topics touched upon by Andrews.
"American legal thought has progressed remarkably quickly from premodernism to modernism and into postmodernism in little over two hundred years, running from the nation's founding through today. This book tells the story of this mercurial journey through jurisprudence by showing the development of legal thought through these three intellectual periods. Feldman's narrative revolves around two broad interrelated themes: jurisprudential foundations and the idea of progress. Comprehensive and accessible, the book draws on significant cases from Supreme Court history to provide a handy one-volume overview for law students, practitioners, and legal scholars."
This turn of the century classic addresses topics such as the status of the married woman, insane persons, and aliens and the nature of corporations. Other topics covered include the jurisdiction of law, the interpretation of law and the application of law.