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

Ransford C. Pyle, Carol M. Bast

ISBN-13: 9781305505001 | ISBN-10: 130550500x

Copyright 2017

| Published 2016

| 496 pages

List Price USD $219.95


Succeed in the course and your future studies with the concise, easy-to-understand coverage of FOUNDATIONS OF LAW: CASES, COMMENTARY, AND ETHICS, 6E. This proven text features an accessible overview of American law and its legal system, over 70 excerpted judicial opinions that illustrate basic themes, and instructive case studies that challenge you to apply concepts to difficult scenarios. To help you master key concepts, the book is filled with learning aids, including chapter-opening learning objectives, chapter review questions, critical thinking questions, and cyber exercises.

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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, 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.

  • Key information, including licensing of paralegals, has been updated to reflect the latest developments in the field.
  • An updated chapter on Family Law provides current information on this fast-moving area of law.
  • New chapter-opening learning objectives provide an overview of the information students must master in the chapter.
  • Chapter-ending review questions assess student understanding of key terms and concepts.
  • “You Be the Judge” features engage students and ask them to apply the concepts they are learning to a realistic case. These features can assigned or used to generate class discussion.
  • Critical thinking questions in every chapter are ideal for stimulating open-ended class discussions.
  • All important areas of American law and its legal system, including ethics, are covered in a manner that doesn’t overwhelm students.
  • Cyber exercises give students an opportunity to research law and law-related resources.
  • Excerpted cases that contain concurring and dissenting opinions are followed by questions that require students to think critically about the reasoning behind the opinions.

Table of Contents

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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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