An Introduction to the American Legal System Aspen Paralegal Series | 5 Edition

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The Fifth Edition of An Introduction to the American Legal System provides both historical context and thoroughly up-to-date coverage of all aspects of American law and the legal system. Vivid examples, on-point case summaries, and hot-button issues make this text an obvious choice for paralegal, criminal justice, political science, or legal studies courses.

New to the Fifth Edition:

  • This edition of An Introduction to the American Legal System introduces a broad reorganization of the text into four parts that are easily grasped by students:
    • Foundations of the Legal System examines the origins of American law and the important institutions and actors of our present system.
    • Public Law covers those areas of the law that govern the relationships between society, government, and the individual.
    • Private Law explains those areas of the law that deal primarily with the rights and duties of private parties.
    • The Legal Process provides an overview of legal procedure.
  • New chapters on civil rights and civil liberties speak to students’ interests and the importance of these issues in today’s society.
  • A new chapter on appellate procedure exhibits the role of judicial review in civil, criminal and administrative contexts.
  • An expanded chapter on administrative law demonstrates the current importance of administrative agencies in the policymaking process.
  • Recent Supreme Court decisions are covered throughout the book.

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • Comprehensive coverage of law and the legal system
  • Updated coverage of the Supreme Court through the 2018-19 Term
  • Clear prose
  • Extensive citations
  • Comprehensive glossary of legal terms
  • Thought-provoking discussion questions

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