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The American Legal Experience

by Lawrence M. Friedman

Series: Modern Scholar (026)

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The legal system in America is the basis of freedom as we know it today. The system is based, ultimately, on the common law of England, but it has grown, developed, and changed over the years. American law has been a critical factor in American life since colonial times. It has played a role in shaping society, but society-the structure, culture, economy, and politics of the country-has decisively shaped the law. Through history, the legal system has been intimately involved with every major issue in American life: race relations, the economy, the family, crime, and issues of equality and justice. The true strength of the American legal system lies in its ability to adapt to new and difficult issues.… (more)
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The Development of Law in America
Law in America is at some degree a judge made law. This course provides a glimpse in some of the most important Supreme Court’s decisions and traces its understanding of the Constitution. The various approaches of its text are exposed and linked with political facts and manifestations of others branches of government. Professor Friedman describes the Supreme Court jurisprudence in a clear and enlightening way. ( )
  MarcusBastos | Jun 21, 2018 |
I came away with a nice fundamental understanding of American law, and especially how our culture has related to the law throughout its history. ( )
  spoko | Nov 14, 2013 |
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The legal system in America is the basis of freedom as we know it today. The system is based, ultimately, on the common law of England, but it has grown, developed, and changed over the years. American law has been a critical factor in American life since colonial times. It has played a role in shaping society, but society-the structure, culture, economy, and politics of the country-has decisively shaped the law. Through history, the legal system has been intimately involved with every major issue in American life: race relations, the economy, the family, crime, and issues of equality and justice. The true strength of the American legal system lies in its ability to adapt to new and difficult issues.

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