Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About American Law, Fifth Edition 5th Edition
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Praise for the previous editions:
"An engaging introduction to just about every aspect of law." --The American Lawyer
"All the benefits of that first year of law school without the tedium, the terror, and the sleep deprivation...These legal lessons are presented in a style nearly always engaging and very often humorous." --Jurist
"An entertaining and informative introduction to the law...For journalists, those interested in the law, and fans of television law dramas, this book should be required reading." --Library Journal
"A layperson's introduction to the legal subjects that assault every first-year law student. From constitutional law to contracts to Dickensian procedures that guide civil suites, the book gives an approachable overview of the cases and concepts that combine to form our legal system." --Newark Star-Ledger
"Though a book is aimed at laypersons, it offers a good refresher course to update legal practitioners and paraprofessionals in areas where they do not specialize. A good read overall for those interested in the law." --Booklist
"Law 101 attempts to teach you how to think like a lawyer--without requiring that you dedicate three years and tens of thousands of dollars to the task. The result? A practical book that is also a pleasure to read." --The Trenton Times
"This basic text offers nonlawyers a concise, accessible overview of topics typically introduced in the first year of law school. Feinman, a law professor at Rutgers, cites seminal cases to highlight key concepts in the fields of constitutional law, civil procedure, torts, contracts, property, criminal law and criminal procedure. He does not minimize the actual complexity of these subjects, conceding variously that contract law has "tormented the most students," property law "most irritates students," conflicts of law "tortures students" and civil procedure is "the most alien." Nevertheless, he distinguishes his book from the various how-to-be-your-own-lawyer manuals on the market: 'This one is fun to read.' ...But many readers, particularly those contemplating law school, will find this a painless introduction to American legal theory and practice." --Publishers Weekly (Praise for the Second Edition)
"Many readers, particularly those contemplating law school, will find this a painless introduction to American legal theory and practice." --Publishers Weekly
"Feinman's style makes for easy reading, and Law101 is chock full of analyses, anecdotes, examples, questions, and legal reasoning set out in lay terms. Overall, the book provides an excellent explanation of what American law is, and it frequently suggests ways in which it might be improved." --The Federal Lawyer
"Academic law libraries and law libraries serving the public, academic libraries serving undergraduate students, and public libraries will find this book a good addition to their collections. This book is also a good read for students thinking of attending law school and for those persons who have been away from the practice of law but are interested in getting reacquainted with its basics." --Alicia G. Jones, Reference Librarian, Lesar Law Library, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Law Library Journal
About the Author
Jay M. Feinman is Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law. He is the author of six books, including Delay, Deny, Defend: Why Insurance Companies Don't Pay Claims and What You Can Do About It.
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1. The book is easy to read, there are certain books where you have to like google at least one or two words a page or sometimes more but this isn't the case here.
2. This is a layman's book for sure like it's very basic.
3. The book references certain cases, and brings in good logical examples to bring out laws. Like for example the book uses a McDonalds coffee case to explain the importance of tort law.
1. My #2 pro is also a con, this book is a layman's book to a fault, i'm taking an intro to law class right now and i've learned more in that class then I have from this book. This is a rather subjective comment though I guess. Some people look for a book that is simple, quick, and can brief them a bit on a subject. If you're like me however, where you look to learn entire concepts, ideas, and subjects from books you choose to devote time to read then this is a negative. Not to mention the book is called "everything you need to know about American Law" but in all honesty it's actually more of an intro to to general law book.
Conclusion: this is a good read if you're looking for something quick, brief, and that can give you the basics. Like I said this is essentially an intro to law book. AN intro to law book is everything you need to know if you aren't pursuing a field or career in this area. But if you are it's not.
Not five stars because:
- There were some typos. Not incomprehensible nor too many, but yes distracting.
- There are no quick-reference briefs or glossary at end or beginning of each chapter. Diving into the concepts felt like a maze, and where the author took the reader wasn't always clear.
- There are 0 footnotes or endnotes. Although the book definitely does not want to be a textbook or outright legal text, I would have loved to have at least a clear case title and year for all the examples provided for further reading.
And, I think it could also be a a great survey book for lawyers, law enforcement personnel, historians, and perhaps even media commentators, or others, the focus of whose work relies on a broadly-based basic understanding of the American legal system. Of necessity, practicing lawyers tend to specialize in their work, and even assuming that most of them tend to try to keep up with new developments in the law that could impact their work, it couldn't hurt to read works like this which are focused reminders of the broader picture.