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Law 101: In each of the first three editions of the bestselling Law 101, Jay Feinman gave readers an upbeat and vivid examination of the American legal system. Since the third edition was published in 2010, much has happened: several key Supreme Court cases have been decided, we’ve seen sensational criminal trials, and the legal system has had to account for the latest developments in Internet law.

Law 101 fourth edition is fully updated and accounts for all this and more, as Feinman once again provides a clear introduction to American law. The book covers all the main subjects taught in the first year of law school, and discusses every facet of the American legal tradition, including constitutional law, the litigation process, and criminal, property, and contracts law.

To accomplish this, Feinman brings in the most noteworthy, infamous, and often outrageous examples and cases. We learn about the case involving scalding coffee that cost McDonald’s half a million dollars, the murder trial in Victorian London that gave us the legal definition of insanity, and the epochal decision of Marbury vs. Madison that gave the Supreme Court the power to declare state and federal law unconstitutional. A key to learning about the law is learning legal vocabulary, and Feinman helps by clarifying terms like “due process” and “equal protection,” as well as by drawing distinctions between terms like “murder” and “manslaughter.”

Above all, though, is that Feinman reveals to readers of all kinds that despite its complexities and quirks, the law is can be understood by everyone. Perfect for students contemplating law school, journalists covering legislature, or even casual fans of “court-television” shows, Law 101 is a clear and accessible introduction to the American legal system.

New to this edition of Law 101:
Featured analysis of:
-the Obamacare case
-Citizens United
-the DOMA decision
-the Trayvon Martin case

As well as recent legal developments pertaining to:
-online contracting
-mortgages
-police investigations
-criminal sentencing

Check it out!

Product Details

  • Series: Law 101
  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (September 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199341699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199341696
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.2 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

Interesting and very readable

 on August 4, 2016
By mark
When i bought this book I thought there was a good chance that it would end up on the shelf to be read someday, but not just yet. However, when I began reading it I found it to be engaging and easy to read. The section on constitutional law I found to be especially interesting. The book is well organized and each section has a bit of history and actual court cases for use as examples. Highly recommended.

Best Law Book I’ve Read

 on August 29, 2016
By BVC
This is basically a lay person’s law degree in a single, easy to read and understand volume. Mr. Feinman avoids the usual legalese and writes in a way that’s actually understandable by the average person. He adequately covers every subject that most readers are likely to encounter. The best part: Even though its always wise to consult an attorney on legal matters, this book fully equipped me to ask the right questions of my attorney and to develop the best legal approach based on a sound understanding of the legal principles that apply to a particular situation. One of the best book investments I’ve ever made – A+++..

"Law 101" is a perfect fit. Well written

 on April 19, 2015
By ShawnMichael
I finally completed by law degree after 5 long years of stop and start. A life-time goal achieved.

Must-read for law professors, future law students, and average people alike

 on September 26, 2017
By Beth F.
This was the textbook for an introductory law class that I took as part of a Master in Legal Studies program (not a JD program, but a degree for average people who don’t want to be lawyers but want to know about the law for work). My husband is an attorney and law professor. This book was enjoyed by both of us — by me, whose day job is marketing, and by him, who sometimes has a hard time explaining legal concepts at ground level. He loved how concise and articulate Feinman was, while I loved that it allowed me to better understand what my husband does on a day-to-day basis and the greater purpose of our legal system. It’s very easy to digest and would be a fantastic choice for anyone considering law school, or anyone who just doesn’t “get” why the law is the way it is.

It’s all good, man

 on May 6, 2017
By 1plail
After carefully reading this beautiful work I can finally see my vision. I may one day move out of the back of this Asian nail salon and go on to fight elderly abuse. No more “Slippin Jimmy”. I’m going legit!!! This book has changed my life.

Great read for anyone interested in legal theory but without …

 on June 29, 2016
By Andres
Great read for anyone interested in legal theory but without an overload of jargon or philosophical inquiry. Not too watered down either. I became a lot more interested in law after reading this as it exposes you to the more abstract and media friendly fields (such as tort and property law). I would say that I wish it had a section on corporate or patent law however.

Legal Book for Non-Lawyers

 on May 20, 2017
By Paul Bulger
If you are a citizen of the United States, then the law of the United States affects your life in some way, shape, or form, even if you can’t necessarily articulate in a comprehensive manner just how it affects you, and if you don’t have a solid grasp about how it works.

Definitely read this if you’re interested in getting to know the American legal system!

 on March 9, 2018
By Justin
I’m currently an undergrad junior studying engineering and thinking of law school, and this book was amazing in that it not only explains the concepts in a clear way, but also goes into sufficient detail to get you interested and thinking about the law. It teaches you the basics of a wide range of laws, from tort/contract/property law to criminal law. It also uses actual cases to help readers understand how the law actually works, including its limitations. Obviously, this book is not a law school level textbook, but it’s not meant to be one! It’s meant for someone like myself (thinking of law school), and it does an excellent job at it.

The Real Deal.

 on March 8, 2017
By Spinner
I Attended 2 years of law school. This is a great refresher plus a few things I didn’t know or remember. Easy read. Great for anyone interested in the real American Law. Not the B.S. you see on T.V. shows or read in the paper. Lets you know what the real law is.

Great Read.

 on June 28, 2018
By Irene K
When I got this book- I didn not have any expectations let alone high. But, my oh my, what a read. I would recommend it to anyone in the legal field. Or any student looking to getting into the legal field- You will not feel as lost during Your freshman year! It was such a refresher for me, everything I needed! Thank you Author!

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