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Law 101 Audiobook

Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About American Law

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The best-selling first edition of Law 101 provided a vividly written and indispensable portrait of our nation's legal system. Now, in this revised edition, Jay M. Feinman offers an updated survey of American law, spiced with new anecdotes and cases, and incorporating fresh material on topics ranging from the President's war powers, to intellectual property, standard form contracts, and eminent domain. Here is an exceptionally clear introduction to law, covering the main subjects found in the first year of law school, giving us a basic understanding of how it all works. Listeners are introduced to every aspect of the legal system, from constitutional law and the litigation process to tort law, contract law, property law, and criminal law. Feinman illuminates each discussion with many intriguing, outrageous, and infamous cases, from the scalding coffee case that cost McDonald's half a million dollars, to the sensational murder trial in Victorian London that led to the legal definition of insanity, to the epochal decision in Marbury v. Madison that gave the Supreme Court the power to declare state and federal laws unconstitutional. He broadens the listener's legal vocabulary, clarifying the meaning of everything from "due process" and "equal protection" in constitutional law, to the distinction between "murder" and "manslaughter" in criminal law. Perhaps most important, we learn that though the law is voluminous and complex, it is accessible to all. Everyone who wants a better grasp of current legal issues - from students contemplating law school, to journalists covering the legislature or the courts, to fans of Court TV - will find here a wonderful source of information: A complete, clear, and colorful map of the American legal system.

©2010 Jay M. Feinman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Kirill
    WOODSIDE, NY, United States
    12/03/15
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    "Very brought introduction to law issues"

    This is as exciting as a book about law can be. The author attempts to touch upon all major areas of the law, do it thoroughly and in a language that's understandable for non-professionals.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sleven
    6/04/16
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    "Great for Law Prep"

    The book was easy to listen to and easy to understand. It provided a great level of knowledge for each topic; not so detailed that you would be lost and not so general that you can't find where to apply it. I find it a great resource when preparing for law school.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tintin
    Chicago IL
    2/04/16
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    "Great Primer on a Fluid Topic"

    Despite best intentions and great knowledge on the author's part and fine narration and my own desire the book couldn't hold my interest. I suspect it was the subject matter, which began to seem so much a matter of opinion that maybe there is less to learn than I expected. Though it somehow works much of the time, I guess I'll eat the sausage for now and not watch how it's made. The law is a mashup, that's what I took away from 3 or 4 chapters. I may come back to it later when I have more patience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jami
    VICTOR, NY, United States
    29/08/16
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    "Solid Review of the 1L Curriculum"

    This is an excellent overview of American law, with a particular emphasis on Constitutional Law/citizenship. I went to law school and am an attorney, so I was familiar with the topics; however, there were many subjects I haven't looked at since then, so this was a good review. I think it would be a good starter for 1Ls; this goes over everything in the first year curriculum, with the exception of writing and research.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Brandy
    EDGEWOOD, MARYLAND, United States
    22/09/15
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    "Awesomeness!"

    Learned so much from this book.. narration was awesome, content was great. This book is worth the purchase money.

    Brandy

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • G. Butera
    Providence, RI
    30/03/17
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    "Terrible reader"

    This otherwise accessible and interesting introduction to US law is made almost unbearable by the extremely soporific reading of the narrator. He reads the book as if it were a bedtime book for the highly strung and excitable. Wish The Teaching Company world put out a course that covered the same ground. Also, a bit too liberal for my tastes, but not excessively so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ken M.
    Graham, NC United States
    29/03/17
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    "Interesting subject matter, but way too detailed"
    What disappointed you about Law 101?

    A better title would be "More Than You Need to Know About American Law." I have three college degrees and formerly taught government in high school, and I still found this book hard to follow at times. I was hoping it would be a broad overview of our legal system, but the author provided so much detail that it was easy to get lost in it. This book might be better suited as a primer for someone who is about to enter law school, but I don't find it very practical for the casual learner.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joe Barrett?

    The narrator's voice is barely more than a hoarse whisper. The longer I listened, the more irritating it became.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joca Levy
    Brasil
    31/10/16
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    "Great whether or not you consider a legal career "

    Excellent reading whether or not you are considering a legal career. Encompassing content very efficiently condensed into 16 hours of listening. Excellent performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Meade
    Georgia, USA
    21/09/16
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    "Great Introduction To US Law"
    Any additional comments?

    For someone who has always been interested in the law but never studied it, this is a good primer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darrell Moore
    15/09/16
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    "Worth the time but not all at once"
    Would you listen to Law 101 again? Why?

    Yes, some of the explanations require me to listen to specific spots to figure out what is being said. I also would like to look up specific cases that are referenced to study them in depth.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the author did as good as any person could do with this type of text.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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