American Legal Systems: A Resource and Reference Guide

The 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.
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American Legal Systems: A Resource and Reference Guide, now in its third edition, is a reader-friendly introduction to U.S. legal terms, institutions, and sources of law, including a discussion of precedent and the defining principle of stare decisis. Many of the concepts covered are tied to the realities of law practice. The text provides practice tips and instruction on how to prepare commonplace legal documents.

The information is largely presented in charts, with explanatory interspatial text to provide context, and can be used as a complement to other coursework or on its own as an introduction to the U.S. legal system.

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Table of contents

Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S. LEGAL SYSTEMS

Chapter 2 STATUTORY LAW AND LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Chapter 3 ADMINISTRATIVE AND OTHER EXECUTIVE LAW

Chapter 4 JUDICIAL SYSTEMS AND CASE LAW

Chapter 5 CIVIL LITIGATION AND APPEALS

Chapter 6 LEGAL WRITING AND CITATION FORM