This book presents a clear examination of the philosophy of law within a political, social, and economic framework. Coverage introduces readers to operative legal concepts, everyday law practices, substantive procedures, and the intricacies of the American legal system. Eliminating confusing legalese, the authors skillfully explain the basics–from how a lawsuit is filed to the final appeal–and review English legal roots. The survey addresses history and the law, court organization, procedure and evidence, limitations, constitutional law, criminal law, administrative law, environmental law, torts, contracts, and property law. For those interested in a greater understanding of the American legal system.
An introductory text Calvi and Coleman (both West Texas A&M U.) first published in 1989 and here update and revise from the 1997 edition. Changes reflect the impact of the Internet on intellectual property, of political conflicts on relations between the three branches of the US government, and of globalism on concepts of private property. They also add a new chapter on environmental law. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)