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Carper's Understanding the Law 7th Edition

John A. McKinsey, Debra Burke

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2012, 2008, 2004
  • 768 Pages


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.

John A. McKinsey, College of Business, California State University, Sacramento

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, Western Carolina University

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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.
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.

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