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Legal culture in the United States : an introduction

Author: Kirk Junker
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For law students and lawyers to successfully understand and practice law in the U.S., recognition of the wider context and culture which informs the law is essential. Simply learning the legal rules and procedures in isolation is not enough without an appreciation of the culture that produced them. This book provides the reader with an understandable introduction to the ways in which U.S. law reflects its culture  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kirk Junker
ISBN: 9781138642454 1138642452 9781138194304 1138194301
OCLC Number: 922836376
Description: xxv, 226 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The goal : knowing the soul and spirit of U.S. legal culture through the experience of the common law --
The always and already comparative nature of "foreign law" --
Comparative law applied : the subtle differences between civil law and common law in study and practice --
The historical reference frame of "kingless commonwealths on the other shore of the Atlantic" --
The social reference frame : cultural practices we call "law" --
The language reference frame --
The philosophy reference frame --
The disciplinary reference frame --
The mechanistic reference frame.
Responsibility: Kirk W. Junker.

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"For law students and lawyers to successfully understand and practice law in the U.S., recognition of the wider context and culture which informs the law is essential. Simply learning the legal rules and procedures in isolation is not enough without an appreciation of the culture that produced them. This book provides the reader with an understandable introduction to the ways in which U.S. law reflects its culture and each chapter begins with questions to guide the reader, and concludes with questions for review, challenge and further understanding. Kirk W. Junker explores cultural differences, employing history, social theory, philosophy, and language as 'reference frames,' which are then applied to the rules and procedures of the U.S. legal system in the book's final chapter. Through these cultural reference frames readers are provided with a set of interpretive tools to inform their understanding of the substance and institutions of the law. With a deeper understanding of this cultural context, international students will be empowered to more quickly adapt to their studies; more comprehensively understand the role of the attorney in the U.S. system; draw comparisons with their own domestic legal systems, and ultimately become more successful in their legal careers both in the U.S. and abroad"--Unedited summary from book cover.

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