Higher Education

Carper's Understanding the Law, 7th Edition

  • John A. McKinsey College of Business, California State University, Sacramento
  • Debra Burke Western Carolina University
  • ISBN-10: 1285428420  |  ISBN-13: 9781285428420
  • 768 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2008, 2004
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $207.75
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About

Overview

Engage your students in the study of the law and what it means to them with UNDERSTANDING THE LAW, Seventh Edition. This popular text discusses how various aspects of the law affect the individual, filling a void for those looking for a more introductory text that covers many of the personal law issues that confront people in their everyday lives. Designed for introductory courses, UNDERSTANDING THE LAW uses hypothetical and real examples to illustrate important points of the law and to inspire lively class discussion. This edition incorporates new coverage of ethical issues and the law. These ethical and moral issues are covered in boxed readings as well as throughout each chapter. This edition continues to incorporate coverage of international and comparative law throughout to give you essential knowledge for today's global marketplace.

Features and Benefits

  • Morals and Ethics Boxes. This feature adds an ethical and moral element to the book and to your course. Given that many moral and ethical issues are in the news today, this adds a contemporary approach to the course. This feature will act as a discussion starter for many important legal issues.
  • Coverage of current topics. Several new topics have been added to the textbook revision. This includes cyber law, social media, communications, online business and services, domestic violence issues, and intellectual property rights.
  • Updated cases. New cases have been introduced throughout the text. Cases have been updated within all chapters. There is a more contemporary focus on home ownership, employee and employer rights, personal liberty and privacy rights, intellectual property law, and family law. These topics address some of the recent changes within the economy.
  • Integration of Cengage Business Law Video Library. Through the revised and improved Instructor's Manual, the authors better integrate video materials with the lessons within the text.
  • Consumer Law. While consumer law was covered in previous editions, the 7th edition continues to incorporates "consumer law" in the appropriate headings to make it more defined where legal topics that concern the consumer are covered.
  • End-of-Chapter Cases. To help students understand how the legal system applies the law, each chapter concludes with two excerpted cases that relate to the chapter topic(s). The cases are long enough for students to brief. Each case concludes with a "For Critical Analysis" section.
  • End-of-Chapter Questions and Problems. These offer a mixture of review questions, hypothetical case problems, and problems based on an actual case. The questions provide students with the opportunity to check their comprehension of the material covered in the chapter and to use legal reasoning.
  • Learning Objectives. Chapter-opening objectives provide the reader with a quick survey of the chapter contents.
  • Margin Definitions. To help students master the legal terminology, when a new term is introduced it is defined in the text margin.

Table of Contents

Part I: THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND BASIC PRINCIPLES OF LAW.
1. Introduction to Law.
2. The Constitution.
3. The Court System.
4. Attorney-Client Relationship and Dispute Resolution.
5. Administrative Law.
6. Crimes: Public Wrongs.
7. Torts: Private Wrongs.
8. Contracts: Enforceable Agreements.
Part II: APPLICATION OF LAW TO THE INDIVIDUAL.
9. Real Property and Home Ownership.
10. Intellectual and Personal Property Including Motor Vehicles.
11. Renters and Landlords.
12. Employee and Employer Rights and Duties.
13. Consumer Rights, Privacy, and Protection.
14. Family Law.
15. Wills, Trusts, and Probate.

What's New

  • The new Table of Contents separates and emphasizes intellectual property, consumer protection, personal liberty, and privacy rights issues in the digital age.
  • There is an increased emphasis on ethical issues in all chapters.
  • There is more emphasis on student-related topics and issues in all chapters (auto ownership, apartment rental, use of web and social media).

Learning Resource Bundles

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Printed Text + Business Law Digital Video Library Online Access

ISBN-10: 1305426959 | ISBN-13: 9781305426955

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  • Carper's Understanding the Law
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Supplements

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

Student Guide to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act  (ISBN-10: 0324827199 | ISBN-13: 9780324827194)

Enron was once the seventh-largest company on the Fortune 500. Yet, in the wake of revelations of accounting irregularities and securities fraud, it became entangled in the greatest business scandal of a generation and was essentially blinked out of existence after declaring bankruptcy. Similar accounting scandals at Global Crossing, Tyco, WorldCom, Adelphia, HealthSouth, and other companies prompted Congress to pass the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) in June 2002. This revolutionary act, which embodies the most significant securities law changes since the original federal securities laws of 1933 and 1934, contains provisions that create a new federal agency, restructure the entire accounting industry, reform Wall Street practices, dramatically alter corporate governance practices here and abroad, and attack insider trading and obstruction of justice. A lot has happened since its passage. The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) has come into being, and the PCAOB and the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) have issued countless rules to implement the SOX's many legislative mandates. This short guide focuses not only on what each part and section of the SOX means but also on what businesses need to know now that is has been implemented.

List Price = $40.95  | CengageBrain Price = $40.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $30.75

Student Guide to Sustainabillity, Law, and Ethics  (ISBN-10: 1285752120 | ISBN-13: 9781285752129)

Enhance your Business Law or Legal Environment course with this short student guide on how law and ethics play a part in moving business and society toward (or away from) sustainability. You can assign all or part of this guide to supplement your Cengage textbook to illustrate how our laws occasionally boost, but more often impose barriers to, long-term sustainable planning at both the corporate and national level. The guide provides supplemental materials for Constitutional law, corporate and securities law, torts and contracts, real estate law, and international law and a brief but thorough introductory chapter on sustainability, law, and ethics.

List Price = $39.95  | CengageBrain Price = $39.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $30.00

Student Supplements

Student Guide to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act  (ISBN-10: 0324827199 | ISBN-13: 9780324827194)

Enron was once the seventh-largest company on the Fortune 500. Yet, in the wake of revelations of accounting irregularities and securities fraud, it became entangled in the greatest business scandal of a generation and was essentially blinked out of existence after declaring bankruptcy. Similar accounting scandals at Global Crossing, Tyco, WorldCom, Adelphia, HealthSouth, and other companies prompted Congress to pass the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) in June 2002. This revolutionary act, which embodies the most significant securities law changes since the original federal securities laws of 1933 and 1934, contains provisions that create a new federal agency, restructure the entire accounting industry, reform Wall Street practices, dramatically alter corporate governance practices here and abroad, and attack insider trading and obstruction of justice. A lot has happened since its passage. The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) has come into being, and the PCAOB and the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) have issued countless rules to implement the SOX's many legislative mandates. This short guide focuses not only on what each part and section of the SOX means but also on what businesses need to know now that is has been implemented.

List Price = $40.95  | CengageBrain Price = $40.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $30.75

Student Guide to Sustainabillity, Law, and Ethics  (ISBN-10: 1285752120 | ISBN-13: 9781285752129)

Enhance your knowledge of business law or the legal environment with this short student guide on how law and ethics play a part in moving business and society toward (or away from) sustainability. The guide illustrates how our laws occasionally boost, but more often impose barriers to, long-term sustainable planning at both the corporate and national level. It provides supplemental materials for Constitutional law, corporate and securities law, torts and contracts, real estate law, and international law and a brief but thorough introductory chapter on sustainability, law, and ethics.

List Price = $39.95  | CengageBrain Price = $39.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $30.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

John A. McKinsey

Dr. John A. McKinsey is a practicing attorney in Sacramento where he also teaches Business Law at California State University in Sacramento. His law practice focuses on project development, environmental law and business transactions associated with energy and regulation. His research focuses on Administrative Law and the Regulation of Business.

Debra Burke

Professor Debra Burke is an Associate Dean in the College of Business at Western Carolina University and teaches business law, employment law and the legal environment of business. Her research focuses on pedagogy and the regulatory environment of business.