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The Study of Law: A Critical Thinking Approach 3E

Third Edition

Katherine A. Currier
Thomas E. Eimermann

2012.  656 pages.  ISBN:  978-1-4548-0875-6.  Instructor's Manual with Test Bank and Power Point Slides.  (Ancillary materials also included on CD-ROM.)

About the Book

The new edition of The Study of Law, written by the well-known and respected authors and educators, Katherine A. Currier and Thomas E. Eimerman, continues to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the legal system and an overview of basic legal concepts and substantive law.


This introductory text, which is not specific to paralegal courses, provides students and instructors with:

  • a comprehensive, intelligent overview of all the key concepts covered in a typical introduction to law course
  • a critical thinking approach used to introduce students to the study of law, encouraging students to interact with the materials through hypotheticals, examples, and well-designed questions.
  • a logical and intuitive organization, divided into two parts, that reflects the topics addressed in an introductory course. Part I introduces students to the sources and classification of law, the structure of the court system, and an overview of litigation. Part II covers the basics of analysis and interpretation of the law and includes chapters on substantive law with edited cases that teach students how to read and analyze the law
  • the basic skills necessary to understand statutes and court cases
  • a strong pedagogy that reinforces well-written text presented in an accessible and well-organized format
  • appendices with the U.S. Constitution and NetNotes

This new edition, while retaining all of the features that have made it successful, has been refined to better reflect the coverage and organization of non-paralegal courses:

  • Updated cases and incorporation of new developments in the law
  • Legal reasoning exercises updated to reflect new cases
  • Web exercises will be included in this edition

This compact yet comprehensive text provides students with an introduction to the study of law that has the appropriate depth of coverage of the legal system, legal procedure, and legal analysis and balances it with a real-world view of the practice of law.