This book is an introduction to the study of law, appropriate for the beginning student in Introduction to Law, Sociology of Law and Criminal Justice. It is interdisciplinary, employing insights from political science, history, philosophy, sociology, and theology. It begins with an examination of law through the ages. Next it looks at the place of law in society, focusing on a spectrum of private law arenas and on the uses and abuses of law-making. Also included is a survey of the major branches of law. The book concludes with an examination of philosophies of law and legal reasoning. The relative briefness of the text lends itself to supplementation by a reader or monograph.
Dr. Martin Gruberg is Professor of Political Science, Assistant Chairman, and past Chairman of the Department, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh (1969-1972).
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 World Legal Systems: Past and Present: Primitive Law; Hebrew Law; Code of Hammurabi; Greek Law; Roman Law; For Want of Space and Time...; Canon Law; Islamic Law; Civil Law; Common Law; Marxist Law Chapter 3 Private Legal Systems: The Family; The Church; The University; The School; The Corporation; The Union; The Bar; The Medical Professions; The Club; Etiquette; Sports; The Military Chapter 4 Big Brother and the Law: There Ought Not to be a Law!; Blue Laws; Crime and Punishment; Deja Vu: Alcohol Prohibition and Anti-Narcotics Crusading; Censorship; Some Mini-Debates; Anti-Miscegenation Laws; Child Custody Chapter 5 Conceptions of the Nature of Law: Formal (Analytical); Historical; Why Pay Attention to Philosophies of Law?; Functional: Realist; Sociological; Ethical Some Other Schools; Social Change: Do the Ends Justify the Means? Chapter 6 Legal Reasoning (Using Case Studies): The Court Martial of Lt. Calley; Texas vs. Oswald: The Untried Case; New Jersey vs. Bruno Richard Hauptmann; The Spelucean Explorers; The Grudge Informer; Mini Cases-Some Real, Some Artificial Chapter 7 Selected Further Readings Chapter 8 Index