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Chapter 1: Introduction to Law

by: Alex Lazo

Chapter 1: Introduction to Law BLAW

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Hello everyone, These notes include information both from the book and from lecture so they are definitely in depth. I hope you find these helpful. ...
Business and Public Law
Matthew Polze
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Date Created: 02/04/16
Chapter 1: Introduction to Law The Role of Law in Society o Law has impact on everything we do and is complex but never theoretical Origins of our Law o Many concepts of US law derived from English law o Common law = Judge made law  Also known as the accumulation of precedent  Supreme Court can overturn precedent  Examples include decisions made in Roe v. Wade and Brown v. Board of Education o Precedent: Judge’s decision based on previous rulings that are similar  This ensures predictability for the court’s decision Sources of Contemporary Law o Legislative power power to create laws o Executive power power to enforce laws o Judicial power determine validity of laws o Our fundamental rights are found in the Bill of Rights st  Ex. 1 Amendment Statutes o Created in a series of steps: 1. Idea proposed to Congress in the form of a bill 2. House and Senate vote 3. Wins by a simple majority in both House and Senate 4. Goes2to president for approval 5. A majority in both the House AND the Senate can overturn a presidential veto 3 o Stare decisis = “let the decision stand”  Ultimately means that precedent is binding Other Sources of Law in the US o Court orders (Injunction) o Administrative agencies: carry out the day to day work of legislative and executive branches  Ex. TSA, FDA Criminal and Civil Law o Important: One event can give rise to both civil and criminal lawsuits o Also important: Only the government can prosecute a criminal case o Criminal law: deals with behavior so threatening that society outlaws it o Civil Law: regulates the rights and duties between parties o The Good Samaritan Statute: can protect you even in the event that you are negligent during an attempt to rescue someone  Ex. Break rib while performing CPR  Goal is to make people feel more inclined to take action  Protects you even if the person dies  Does not protect you if you caused the event Jurisprudence o Known as the “philosophy of law”  1. Legal positivism: Law is what the sovereign says  2. Natural law: unjust law = no law at all  Does not need to be obeyed  3. Legal realism: who enforces the law, and by what process, matters more than what is in writing Main points: 1. Understand the difference between criminal and civil law 2. Be able to determine what powers are held by each branch of government 3. Know the components of jurisprudence


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