Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About American Law, Fifth Edition

August 20, 2019 - Comment

In this fifth edition of his bestselling classic, Jay Feinman provides an authoritative and up-to-date overview of the American legal system. In the years since the publication of the fourth edition, there have been many important developments on the legal front. The Supreme Court has issued important decisions on presidential powers, freedom of religion, and

In this fifth edition of his bestselling classic, Jay Feinman provides an authoritative and up-to-date overview of the American legal system. In the years since the publication of the fourth edition, there have been many important developments on the legal front. The Supreme Court has issued important decisions on presidential powers, freedom of religion, and personal liberty. Police shootings and the rise of Black Lives Matter has impacted the court system too. The rise of arbitration at the expense of jury trials has affected the rights of consumers, and internet law remains in a state of constant change.

This fully updated fifth edition of Law 101 accounts for all these developments and more, as Feinman once again provides a clear 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 illustrate how the legal system works, Feinman draws from noteworthy, infamous, and even outrageous 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 epochal decision of Marbury vs. Madison that gave the Supreme Court the power to declare state and federal law unconstitutional. A key to learning about the law is understanding 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.”

Above all, Feinman reveals to readers of all kinds that despite its complexities and quirks, the law can be understood by everyone. Perfect for students contemplating law school, journalists covering legislature, or even casual fans of “court-television” shows, Law 101 is a clear and accessible introduction to the American legal system.

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Anonymous says:

Lower grade level read …but the author covers the major points of our judicial system. Void of any in depth analyses and injects personal, unprovable opinions, such as, most arrestees “ are undoubtedly guilty”. Peculiar when considering the topic of the text

Anonymous says:

I’m only giving this book a 4 because the title is decieving Pros:1. The book is easy to read, there are certain books where you have to like google at least one or two words a page or sometimes more but this isn’t the case here.2. This is a layman’s book for sure like it’s very basic.3. The book references certain cases, and brings in good logical examples to bring out laws. Like for example the book uses a McDonalds coffee case to explain the importance of tort law.Cons:1. My #2 pro is also a con,…

Anonymous says:

This is a Must Buy and your first read if you want to understand the American legal System! This is the best introduction and review book on US law that I have ever read. And I am reading many to gain an understanding of the Americal legal system. The information is up to date, very easy to read and understand, and delivers the reader with the best intro and understanding of the law. Start your education or current review/update with this exceptionally good law review. The posed question and answer format is the best I have seen! A Must Buy!

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