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An Introduction to the American Legal System, 4th edition (2015)

John M. Scheb II and Hemant Sharma

Wolters Kluwer Law and Business



"This book is designed as an introductory text on American law and the legal system for undergraduate students in political science, sociology, criminal justice and legal studies, as well as students in paralegal programs.  Our goal is to familiarize students with basic legal concepts and principles, to explain how the American legal system operates, and to provide a sense of how the system has evolved historically from its English common-law origins."

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