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American Law: An Introduction

Lawrence M. Friedman and Grant M. Hayden


This book is a general introduction to the law and legal system of the United States and the relationship between law and society. Written for both students and general readers, it uses anecdotes, historical detail, and modern scholarship to give an overall view of the American legal system. After giving some brief historical background, the book begins with the basic structure of the system: the courts, legislatures, administrative agencies, and the relationship between federal and state law. The book then turns to substantive law, broadly canvassing a range of legal issues with special focus ... More

Keywords: law, American law, legal system, American legal system, law and society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190460587
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190460587.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence M. Friedman, author
Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law, Stanford University Law School

Grant M. Hayden, author
Professor of Law, Hofstra University Law School