A New Definition of Law Is Possible

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Legal scholars have long resisted changes to their conception of law because change is difficult. However, a new definition of law is possible if we can shift the way that we think about the nature of law.

This book offers a unique interdisciplinary approach to the nature of law and jurisprudence. It examines the way in which laws and judicial decisions reflect social life, including changing economic and political systems. The book provides a foundation for understanding the interrelationship between law and society, and it is of interest to legal scholars, philosophers, historians and political theorists as well as students of law or those on courses which include a legal element.

A new and updated edition of this popular text introduces beginning students to the legal environment in which they will practice. The book is short and practical, focusing on key issues of modern legal practice. It covers a wide range of topics, from the principles of law and legal reasoning to the fundamentals of contract law, tort law and criminal law. It also provides a foundation for the study of public law, including administrative and constitutional law and European law.

Taking the reader on an exploration of legal science and the scientific character of law, this textbook analyzes and explores a broad range of current thinking about legal methodology. It examines the main features of different schools of thought, including American realism and natural law theories; rationalism, empiricism, and logical positivism, in particular the work of Karl Popper; criticisms of essentialism; and the relationship between science and jurisprudence.

The text is designed to enable students of law to understand the basic tenets of American law. It explains how the Constitution was created, the role of Congress and the judiciary in creating new laws, and the process of making those laws enforceable.

A new and updated edition of this popular text enables students to understand the basics of American law. The book is short and practical, presenting the most important legal concepts in an accessible manner. The text covers a wide range of topics, from basic principles of law and legal reasoning to the most fundamentals of contract law, tort law and civil rights law. It is also an indispensable resource for students of business law. This book is the ideal introduction to American law for any student. The text includes new and updated case studies to reflect the most recent developments in the law. The book is a valuable tool for all law students, whether they are preparing to take the bar exam or planning their careers as lawyers. It also is useful to those who are studying law as part of a mixed degree or for those on business or social science courses that include a legal element.