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Foundations of Law: Cases, Commentary and Ethics 6th Edition

Ransford C. Pyle | Carol M. Bast

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Clear, concise, and easy to understand, the sixth edition of FOUNDATIONS OF LAW: CASES, COMMENTARY, AND ETHICS provides a comprehensive overview of American law and the legal system to help students build the foundation necessary for success in advanced courses. More than 70 excerpted judicial opinions illustrate basic themes, while case studies challenge students to apply concepts to difficult scenarios. To help in mastery of key concepts, this edition includes new chapter-opening learning objectives, as well as chapter review questions, critical-thinking questions, and cyber exercises.

Ransford C. Pyle, University of Central Florida

Ransford C. Pyle, J.D., Ph.D. retired as Associate Professor Emeritus from the University of Central Florida and resides in Gainesville, Florida. In addition to FOUNDATIONS OF LAW: CASES, COMMENTARY, AND ETHICS, he has authored several publications, including FAMILY LAW and BUSH V. GORE: UNDERSTANDING THE AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM. Dr. Pyle is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law and received a Doctoral Degree in Anthropology from the University of Florida.

Carol M. Bast, University of Central Florida

Carol M. Bast, J.D., is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, where she has taught for the past 24 years. She teaches Legal Research and Legal Writing and is the author an undergraduate textbook on those topics, FOUNDATIONS OF LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING. Her areas of research and writing include eavesdropping and wiretapping, plagiarism, legal ethics, legal research, legal writing, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Prior to becoming a professor, Bast clerked for a federal district judge and practiced corporate securities and real estate law. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from New York Law School in 1982 and her B.A. from Kalamazoo College in 1974.

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  • All important areas of American law and its legal system, including ethics, are covered in a manner that doesn’t overwhelm students.
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  • Chapter-ending review questions assess student understanding of key terms and concepts.
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  • Excerpted cases that contain concurring and dissenting opinions are followed by questions that require students to think critically about the reasoning behind the opinions.
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Foundations of Law: Cases, Commentary and Ethics


1. Law and the Profession of Law.
2. Ethics.
3. Sources of the Law: Cases.
4. Sources of the Law: Legislation.
5. Trial and Appellate Courts.
6. State and Federal Courts.
7. Procedure in Civil Cases.
8. The Law of Criminal Procedure.
9. Criminal Law.
10. Torts, Personal Injury, and Compensation.
11. Contracts and Commercial Law.
12. The Law of Property.
13. Family Law.
14. Administrative Law and Procedure.
Appendix A: How to Read and Brief a Case.
Appendix B: The Constitution of the United States of America.

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