Jay M. Feinman
Students will be able to trace how the expansion of trial rights is directly correlated to historical events and social concerns. Documents are arranged chronologically to provide readers with a clear view of the long convoluted history of these rights in our country and to clearly illustrate how trial rights have grown over time to provide more protection for a growing number of individuals. A general introduction to the volume further explores the history of the concept of trial rights to provide a complete reference resource to complicated issues.
Key Features of the New Edition:Teaches students the basic skills necessary to understand statutes and court casesStrong pedagogy reinforces well-written text presented in an accessible and well-organized formatEdited cases are included in every chapter to teach students how to read and analyze the law New coverage includes: the Boston Marathon bombing case, the Affordable Care Act, and trademark issues involving the Washington Redskins , e-filing and e-discovery, discussion of same-sex marriage and custody disputes over pre-embryos, and crimes of unauthorized access of computer data and warrantless searches of cell phones
Key New FeaturesCases in Point that concisely illustrate how the law applies in the real worldQuestions for discussion in every chapter that point to high-interest issues for debateDiscussions of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions such as the Obamacare decisions, the Defense of Marriage Act decision, and key rulings on recess appointments and First Amendment RightsContemporary topical coverage, such as the national security legislation and whistleblowersUpdated discussions of justifiable use of force, intellectual property, abortion rights, capital punishment, and affirmative actionA well-crafted design that includes learning objectives and chapter outlinesA convenient Glossary of Legal Terms and The Constitution of the United States of America in the Appendices
Each of the courses comprising this book is written by a specialist in the field who is a decorated teacher with years of experience in the classroom. In this volume, they have distilled that experience and expertise to produce the tool they wish they had when they first were thinking about and then actually began law school: a clear, concise introduction to the entire first-year curriculum.
Get a Running Start is a valuable tool for first-year law students, giving them a running start on their law school careers and putting them in the best position to enter the profession. By reading through all the lessons for a course, first-year students will get a complete overview of each course early in the semester. As the semester goes forward, students can accelerate their learning and comprehension by reviewing individual lessons when preparing for class. As the semester comes to a close, the lessons in this book provide an invaluable framework for outlining and exam preparation.
Get a Running Start is also the ideal introduction for undergraduate students. For formal pre-law or Introduction to American Law courses, this book will provide students with a comprehensive overview broken into concise, digestible chunks that are ideal for further development in lecture or discussion sections. Outside the classroom, Get a Running Start offers a stimulating introduction to fundamental legal concepts that will engage those who might be thinking about going to law school and citizens who simply want to know more about the law as a central feature of public life.
Among the many features of this book readers will find useful and attractive are:
An introductory chapter offering advice on how to structure a successful preparation and study process starting with the summer before law school and running straight through exams.Insiders’ advice from successful law students and recent graduates on class preparation, course selection, career development, and managing the stress of law school.Short lessons that provide readers with an introduction to the major concepts for a day or week of law school classes in 10-15 minutes.Complete course coverage that will allow readers to get a global overview of a first-year law course in the span of an afternoon.Frequent use of examples and hypotheticals to illustrate major points in an available way.Short “Takeaway” summaries at the end of each lesson that highlight the main points and provide a quick reference or refresher.“Bonus” lessons offering quick primers on topics such as legal reasoning and statutory interpretation.
New to the Third Edition:
Dozens of recent primary cases text, including Miller v. Alabama on the sentencing of juveniles to life imprisonment without parole A review of the major milestones in American criminal law historyExpanded coverage of self-defense, including make my day and stand your ground statutory material in Chapter FiveBroad discussion of federal criminal law
Features:Clear and concise presentation and logical organization of material making it an excellent introductory book to the American legal systemInclusion of modern cases on relevant topics, such as same-sex marriage, legalization of marijuana, and homicidal laws affecting juvenilesChapter questions that facilitate basic legal analysis through hypotheticals, opinion briefing, and application of constitutional provisionsInclusion of important historical and political events, such as lawsuits brought against Presidents, congressional impeachment powers, the Electoral College System, the Supreme Court s resolution of voting issues, the Civil War and post Civil War constitutional amendments, the Civil Rights movement, presidential and congressional war powers, and Supreme Court opinions about Guantanamo Bay detainees
Open the average law dictionary and chances are you'll feel more confused than before you read a word. Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary is different. From "abrogate" to "zero tape", we've cut down on the Latin and defined common (and some not-so-common) terms you can really use to understand and access the law.
Set aside those dusty, outdated law dictionaries! Written for the 21st century, this essential reference contains complete definitions of the legal terms you need today. If you're a law student, paralegal, accountant, small business owner or librarian -- anyone whose work or life touches the law -- this fully up-to-date A to Z guide puts access to the law into your hands.
Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary contains 3,800 plain-English legal definitions, including many newly coined terms you'll find online and off, such as "typosquatting" and "patent troll". Of course, if you need definitions for legal standards -- even when they're in Latin -- you'll find those here too. Plus, find a copy of the Constitution of the United States of America for your reference in the pages following the complete list of definitions.
Readers will come away with an understanding of the key principles of constitutional interpretation and judicial review as well as judicial independence, what factors affect access to courts, the underlying politics of state judicial campaigns, and the confirmation of presidential appointments to the federal bench. The book covers historical and contemporary court perspectives on major issues, such as same-sex marriage, the Affordable Care Act, campaign financing, gun rights, free speech and religious freedom, racial discrimination, affirmative action, criminal procedure and punishments, property rights, and voting rights.
With detailed references to sources for readers wishing to delve deeper, the Guides are ideal for readers wishing to better understand their legal rights and responsibilities, regardless of whether they ultimately opt to hire a lawyer.
In addition to The Self-Help Guide to the Law: Contracts, Landlord-Tenant Relations, Marriage, Divorce, Personal Injury, Negligence, Constitutional Rights and Criminal Law for Non-Lawyers, readers may acquire the following individual titles:
- The Self-Help Guide to the Law: Property Law and Landlord-Tenant Relations for Non-Lawyers
- The Self-Help Guide to the Law: Contracts for Non-Lawyers
- The Self-Help Guide to the Law: Negligence and Personal Injury Law for Non-Lawyers
- The Self-Help Guide to the Law: Know Your Constitutional Rights
The Self-Help Guide to the Law: Criminal Law and Procedure for Non-Lawyers