Thoroughly revised and updated, this widely used text offers a concise introduction to the American legal system for students without a legal background. The book's coverage is cross-disciplinary, informed by the literature of law, business administration and the social sciences, especially public administration and policy. Its goal is to give non-lawyers in all these areas a lucid overview of the workings of the American legal system as it may affect individuals and organizations in their interactions with each other and the environment.Unlike longer, more expensive competing works, "The Dynamics of Law" presents its subject with clarity and precision, and minimal use of legal terms. It offers clear explanations of how to brief a case and how statutes and regulations are codified in the United States. Study problems and review questions in each chapter, drawn from legal literature as well as general interest articles and books, are designed to stimulate classroom discussion.
Preface; 1. The Nature and Function of Law; 2. The Courts and Adjudication; 3. The Trial Stage; 4. Judicial Lawmaking I: Law Built on Precedents; 5. Lawmaking by Legislatures; 6. Judicial Lawmaking II: Interpretation of Statutes; 7. Judicial Lawmaking III: Interpreting the Constitution; 8. Administrative Lawmaking and Adjudication; 9. Private Contributions to the Legal System; 10. Law in Society: A Conclusion; Bibliographic Note; About the Authors; Index.