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American law and the American legal system in a nutshell

American law and the American legal system in a nutshell

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Edition Details

  • Creator or Attribution (Responsibility): Lloyd Bonfield
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): Minnesota
  • Publication Information: St. Paul, MN : Thomson/West, ©2006
  • Publication Type (Medium): Einfu?hrung, Study aids
  • Material: Internet resource
  • Type: Book, Internet Resource
  • Series title: Nutshell series
  • Permalink: http://books.lawi.us/american-law-and-the-american-legal-system-in-a-nutshell/ (Stable identifier)

Additional Format

Print version: Bonfield, Lloyd, 1949- American law and the American legal system in a nutshell. St. Paul, MN: Thomson/West, ©2006 (OCoLC)66912839

Short Description

XXI, 370 pages ; 19 cm.

Purpose and Intended Audience

Useful for students learning an area of law, American law and the American legal system in a nutshell is also useful for lawyers seeking to apply the law to issues arising in practice.

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Bibliographic information

  • Publisher: Thomson/West
  • Responsable Person: by Lloyd Bonfield.
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Copyright Date: 2006
  • Location: St. Paul, MN
  • Country/State: Minnesota
  • Number of Editions: 5 editions
  • First edition Date: 2006
  • Last edition Date: 2006
  • General Notes: Includes index.
  • Languages: English
  • Library of Congress Code: KF386
  • Dewey Code: 349.73
  • ISBN: 0314150161 9780314150165
  • OCLC: 66912839

Main Contents

Introduction to American law
The sources of law and common law reasoning
The American constitutional system: allocation of governmental powers
The American judiciary: guardians of the Constitution
The American civil trial: ritualized combat
Contract and commercial law: a promise is a promise (maybe)
American tort law: venerable common law on the eve of reform?
American property law: plenty of old wine in both new and old bottles
Americas business is business: and business lawyers govern the show
Criminal law: (much) crime and (severe) punishment in modern America
Criminal procedure: the 'long and winding road' from apprehension of criminals to their release
A Bill of Rights for all seasons
Administrative agencies and their law: the fourth branch of American law
International law in the American legal system: is it really there?
Conclusions: the American bar.

Summary Note

This book, suitable as a primer for foreign LLMs – or as an introductory survey for American students of both procedural and substantive law – is a comprehensive, though concise, survey of the American legal system – its structure and its methodology.

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