American law and legal systems examines the philosophy of law within a political social and economic framework with great clarity and insightreaders are introduced to operative legal concepts everyday law practices substantive procedures and the intricacies of the american legal system. A summary of basic american legal principles what follows are some of the fundamental principles that comprise the american legal system each of these is discussed in greater detail in this and other chapters of this book they are summarized below in order to give the reader an overview of some of the basics of american common law 1. The book provides an overview of american legal institutions and sources of law and presents a guide to the interrelationships between and among those institutions and legal authorities it discusses the defining role of the doctrine of stare decisis in the american common law system and the critical judicial review function. The contemporary legal systems of the world are generally based on one of four basic systems civil law common law statutory law religious law or combinations of these however the legal system of each country is shaped by its unique history and so incorporates individual variations the science that studies law at the level of legal systems is called comparative law. And vocabulary of american law subsequent chapters add detail and afford a sense of how the us legal system has evolved to meet the needs of a growing nation and its ever more complex economic and social realities a federal legal system overviewt he american legal system has several layers more possibly than in most other nations
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