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Basic Concepts and Categories of US Positive Law

15 January, 2016 - 09:28


  1. In a general way, differentiate contract law from tort law.
  2. Consider the role of law in supporting ethical norms in our society.
  3. Understand the differing roles of state law and federal law in the US legal system.
  4. Know the difference between criminal cases and civil cases.

Most of what we discuss in this book is positive law—US positive law in particular. We will also consider the laws and legal systems of other nations. But first, it will be useful to cover some basic concepts and distinctions.