Imagining the Law : Common Law and the Foundations of the American Legal System
Provides a detailed yet readable historical perspective on the legal profession, the jury system, and other aspects of American law. Explains how and why common law developed out of Roman law in response to the needs and assumptions of English society and culture from 1000 to 1780, and shows how it became the basis of the American legal system. Traces the origins of current debates on aspects such as the jury trial and the adversarial model, and highlights the ideas and personalities of prominent judicial leaders from Justinian in the ancient world to Blackstone and Bentham in later centuries. A concluding chapter relates the social and cultural history of common law to today's Supreme Court and the legal profession. For general readers and beginning students. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
- Hardback | 416 pages
- 162.56 x 236.22 x 38.1mm | 657.71g
- 01 Oct 1997
- HarperCollins Publishers
- United States