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Introduction to Law and the Legal System, 11th Edition

  • Frank August Schubert
  • ISBN-10: 1285438256
  • ISBN-13: 9781285438252
  • 640 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2008, 2004
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM provides an overview of law and the American legal system, using cases to support the major functions of U.S. law. Suitable for a variety of departments and courses, this text is known for its broad coverage, flexible organization, and use of cases to explain legal concepts.


  • The pedagogical approach that has helped students learn about law for the past thirty-five year and carefully balanced presentation of legal theory and illustrative cases is continued.

  • A list of chapter objectives introduces the goals for each chapter to the students, and bolded key terms within the chapter call out specific vocabulary terms that students should remember.

  • Excerpts from real Supreme Court cases highlight key topics in each chapter and are accompanied by critical thinking Case Questions and periodic Ethical Questions.

  • Internet Tips direct students to additional court cases located on the textbook's website for further exploration.

  • Each chapter concludes with a chapter summary and a series of chapter questions to aid in student review.

About the Author

Frank August Schubert

Frank August Schubert is a former Associate Professor of criminal justice at Northeastern University where for twenty-five years he taught introduction to law, criminal law, criminal procedure, and other law-related courses. Prior to becoming a professor, Schubert worked as administrative assistant to the Director of Police in Dayton, Ohio, and as an assistant district attorney and special prosecutor in Wisconsin. He earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. Ethics and Law.
3. Institutional Sources of American Law.
4. The Judicial System.
5. Civil Procedure.
6. Limitations in Seeking Relief.
7. Judicial Remedies.
8. Criminal Law and Procedure.
9. Family Law.
10. Contracts.
11. The Law of Torts.
12. Property.
13. Administrative Law and Administrative Agencies.
14. Alternative Dispute Resolution.

New to this edition

  • More than thirty new cases appear in the eleventh edition, carefully selected and edited to illustrate the legal theory covered in the preceding discussion. Among them are: Chapter 1 Miller v. Alabama and Speelman, v. Bellingham Housing Authority; Chapter 2 Glassford v. BrickKicker and GDM; Chapter 3 National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius; Chapter 4 Swoboda v. Hero Decks, a Division of Parody Productions, LLC. and St. James Apartments, L.L.C. v. Coinmach Corporation and Frump v. Claire's Boutiques, Inc.; Chapter 5 Robert Johnson v. Cintas Corporation & United Healthcare and Rajesh Idnani et al. v. Venus Capital Management, Inc. and Tammy Lou Fontenot v. Taser International, Inc.
  • Up-to-date coverage and examples include: a Supreme Court case concerning the sentencing of juveniles convicted of capital murder; Congress' constitutional authority to establish an individual mandate within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; a case on the warrantless search and seizure of blood samples from an alleged DWI defendant; 2013 cases on the Defense of Marriage Act as well as other cases regarding the rights of same-sex couples.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285771060 | ISBN-13: 9781285771069)

The new edition instructor's manual will provide a list of the learning objectives, an outline and summary of the court cases, answers to case questions, and a list of chapter key terms/definitions. The Test bank has been updated and is offered online. It includes 15 True/False, 25 Multiple-Choice, and 3-5 Essay questions per chapter.