Cengage Learning

Higher Education

Introduction to Law and the Legal System, 10th Edition

  • Frank August Schubert Northeastern University, Emeritus
  • ISBN-10: 049589933X  |  ISBN-13: 9780495899334
  • 624 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2004, 2000
  • © 2012 | Published
  • Newer Edition Available
Request a Copy



INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM provides an overview of law and the American legal system, using cases to support the major functions of U.S. law. Suitable for a variety of departments and courses, this text is known for its broad coverage, flexible organization, and use of cases to explain legal concepts.

Features and Benefits

  • The pedagogical approach that has helped students learn about law for the past thirty-five years remains intact.
  • The carefully balanced presentation of legal theory and illustrative cases is continued.
  • The tenth edition contains probing case and chapter questions that facilitate critical thinking and classroom discussions.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction.
II. Ethics and Law.
III. Institutional Sources of American Law.
IV. The Judicial System.
V. Civil Procedure.
VI. Limitations in Seeking Relief.
VII. Judicial Remedies.
VIII. Criminal Law and Procedure.
IX. Family Law.
X. Contracts.
XI. The Law of Torts.
XII. Property.
XIII. Administrative Law and Administrative Agencies.
XIV. Alternative Dispute Resolution.

What's New

  • NEW! More than thirty new cases appear in the tenth edition, carefully selected and edited to illustrate the legal theory covered in the preceding discussion.
  • NEW! Up-to-date coverage and examples include: the case in which a court rules on whether California had the right to make it a crime for minors to rent or purchase "violent" video games such as "Grand Theft Auto"; a jurisdiction case relating to a dispute involving two contracting parties who participated in the sale of a motor vehicle on eBay; an update on legal developments in the aftermath of the medical marijuana case of GONZALES v. RAITCH; and a new discussion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has come into prominence in conjunction with the war on terror.
  • New! Internet Tips sections in each chapter refer students to the Web for further exploration.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"It is a good book to use for students interested in a wide-array of legal career choices and those students who simply want a background in the law and the legal system."- Lynnette Noblitt, Easten Kentucky University

— Lynnette Noblitt

"It covers a range of topics in American law, is well-organized, includes cases, and has features and accompanying ancillaries." - Susan Vik, Boston University

— Susan Vik


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor’s Resource DVD  (ISBN-10: 1111341532 | ISBN-13: 9781111341534)

A test bank in Microsoft® Word and ExamView® computerized testing offers a large array of well-crafted true-false, multiple-choice, and essay questions, along with their answers and page references. An Instructor’s Manual includes chapter objectives, court cases, and answers to chapter questions.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Frank August Schubert

Frank August Schubert is a former Associate Professor of criminal justice at Northeastern University where for twenty-five years he taught introduction to law, criminal law, criminal procedure, and other law-related courses. Prior to becoming a professor, Schubert worked as administrative assistant to the Director of Police in Dayton, Ohio, and as an assistant district attorney and special prosecutor in Wisconsin. He earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin.