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ISBN-13: 978-1422420775 ISBN-10: 1422420779

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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: LEXISNEXIS (August 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422420779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422420775
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Book seems like it will be really helpful before law school starts.
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Once I delved into it, I really appreciated the clear and concise organization of the content as well as the presentation in tables and outlines.
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And most commonly used approach for foreign lawyers to learn American legal system is to start from very detailed yet specific areas of law.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Biene on June 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is by far the most concise yet informative and enlightening book on U.S. law I have seen so far.
While most other book require the reader to work through numerous cases, huge loads of legislative materials, or just endless prose, Professor Fine succinctly outlines the most relevant basic principles, legal institutions, and practical aspects of U.S. law. Whenever possible (which is almost always the case), she summarizes the information in charts, making it easy to understand and memorize without going through the ordeal of filtering little pertinent knowledge out of a vast continuous text. The books also takes account of the needs of everyday legal practice by focusing in large parts on procedural law.
I wish I knew about this book earlier. It would have saved me countless hours and would have made access to the U.S. legal system and to its practical application considerably easier.
For the purposes of foreign students, particularly those trained in a civil law jurisdiction and interested in gaining a first understanding or in filling their knowledge gaps of U.S. law, Professor Fine's book is truly unmatched by all other books I know.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 1998
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If not for my enormous gratitude, I might be angry at Toni Fine for writing American Legal Systems. She has written a book anyone who has taught during law school orientation could and would -- given an enormous amount of time, patience, and intelligence - write. I wish I had. But at least now I can exploit Professor Fine's efforts.
Before each school year's orientation, I have a plan. I start digging through the previous year's notebooks and files, hoping to bring some order to the photocopies and notes I use to introduce new law students to American court systems, common law analysis, the roles of the lawyer, and basic legal skills. As anyone who teaches first-year knows, all this information is essential to the effective assimilation of the first-year curriculum. Yet we provide our students with, at best, a few lectures brushing on these topics before dropping them into the depths of case analysis. At least, however, we give them these few lectures and the handouts we have spent our careers cobbling together. The problem is that there is so much, and anyone who has spent years studying and practicing law knows that all this doctrine is so fundamental to thinking like a lawyer that describing it is almost as difficult as describing how we walk or breathe.
Professor Fine has done exactly that: she has put together in slightly more than one hundred pages a thorough, clear, and intelligent account of the fundamentals of the way we lawyers walk and breathe. Nothing in this book is unfamiliar - it sets forth exactly what I want and expect every new law student to know as soon as possible about American legal institutions and the interrelationships between those institutions and legal authorities. Moreover, it covers these basics without degenerating into cliché or cant.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1999
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This book is a must-read for anyone desiring a quick, painless, yet comprehensive discussion of the American Legal System. It is ideal both for the entering law school student, and also for the general reader who is looking to learn about how the system really works. The fact that it was so easy to understand and to read -- when most law texts read like mud -- made it a perfect companion for me through law school.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alena on March 15, 2000
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Professor Fine's book is an exciting work offering the inquisitive mind a new look at the fundamentals of the American legal system. It includes a lot of contemporary information on the American legal system. The book has helped me to organize my previous knowledge of the common law system while enriching it tremendously. Judging from personal experience, I consider the book's contents highly beneficial material for anyone who wishes to get a closer look at the legal system of the United States.
The book has been written very clearly for both foreign students and foreign lawyers, and that is its great value. In fact, the concentration on the main concepts of the legal system and its operation has been successfully conveyed by Professor Fine to both types of readers, practicing lawyers from countries with Civil Law system and law students. Professor Fine in her book effectively guides lawyers trained in Civil Law countries to the core of the concept of precedent and leading them to the special tools for answers to issues they encounter in their legal experience with the American Law. There is no doubt that foreign practicing lawyers would value this book very highly, because it aims to increase their own knowledge and skills that are essential in working with a multitude of the American Law aspects. Those attorneys engaged in law internationally would find it a helpful source of information on civil litigation, stages of court process and the variety of legal documents. Charts, which have been included in the book, further simplify the contents, completing the picture for a clearer understanding. Because of its concise nature, the book would be a uniquely important tool for foreign law students in their study of the Common Law system.
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