Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About American Law

November 10, 2019 - Comment

The best-selling first edition of Law 101 provided a vividly written and indispensable portrait of our nation’s legal system. Now, in this revised edition, Jay M. Feinman offers an updated survey of American law, spiced with new anecdotes and cases, and incorporating fresh material on topics ranging from the President’s war powers, to intellectual property,

The best-selling first edition of Law 101 provided a vividly written and indispensable portrait of our nation’s legal system. Now, in this revised edition, Jay M. Feinman offers an updated survey of American law, spiced with new anecdotes and cases, and incorporating fresh material on topics ranging from the President’s war powers, to intellectual property, standard form contracts, and eminent domain. Here is an exceptionally clear introduction to law, covering the main subjects found in the first year of law school, giving us a basic understanding of how it all works. Listeners are introduced to every aspect of the legal system, from constitutional law and the litigation process to tort law, contract law, property law, and criminal law. Feinman illuminates each discussion with many intriguing, outrageous, and infamous cases, from the scalding coffee case that cost McDonald’s half a million dollars, to the sensational murder trial in Victorian London that led to the legal definition of insanity, to the epochal decision in Marbury v. Madison that gave the Supreme Court the power to declare state and federal laws unconstitutional. He broadens the listener’s legal vocabulary, clarifying the meaning of everything from “due process” and “equal protection” in constitutional law, to the distinction between “murder” and “manslaughter” in criminal law. Perhaps most important, we learn that though the law is voluminous and complex, it is accessible to all. Everyone who wants a better grasp of current legal issues – from students contemplating law school, to journalists covering the legislature or the courts, to fans of Court TV – will find here a wonderful source of information: A complete, clear, and colorful map of the American legal system.

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Anonymous says:

Introduction to the American Legal System In Law 101, the author attempts to explain major concepts found in American law and the legal system without going into the finer detail. He succeeds.Major concepts covered in this book include constitutional law, basic rights, tort law, contract law, property law, and criminal law. Also covered are the litigation process in civil suits and criminal trials.Each of these subjects covers a lot of things, but the author has managed to succinctly summarize each one into the…

Anonymous says:

Not really what I was looking for so this is not what I thought it was going to be, I wanted more well…. I was going to say Law 101 type of info, which this titles itself as but its more like Law 301 because of the more in depth case studies and explanations. A 101 course is an into and superficial course that covers a wide range of topics in one field of study. So I expected a more superficial (just the facts) and introductory “lesson” rather than something I needed to use a book mark with. I’m looking for a book…

Anonymous says:

a good overview of the major subject areas The book was a good overview of the various major subject areas of law. I hadn’t thought much before about separate areas of law like contract, property, criminal, constitutional, etc., and how they could overlap, I appreciated that overview.I deducted a star for a couple of reasons. I wished the book had a terminology section that collected together the legal words it had highlighted throughout the text. I would have liked to review them in one place. As it was, I’m glad they were…

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