For foreign law students and jurists in particular it gives a well written and very understandable introduction into us law professor burnham seems to intentionally adress foreigners in certain sections explaining the similarities but also the existing differences between the common law system and the civil law system as he defines the central european legal system this makes many . The united states is a common law country every us state has a legal system based on the common law except louisiana which relies on the french civil code common law has no statutory basis judges establish common law by applying previous decisions precedents to present cases although typically affected by statutory authority broad areas of the law most notably relating to property contracts and torts are traditionally part of the common law these areas of the law are mostly . International aspects of united states law summary this text provides an introduction to us law it is intended for law students lawyers and legal scholars from foreign countries us non law graduate and undergraduate college students and anyone else who seeks a big picture of the law and legal system including us law students not a casebook it explains the major substantive . Intended for law students lawyers and legal scholars from foreign countries us graduate and undergraduate college students and members of the general reading public in the united states for use as the text of an introductory course on us law as a reference or for self study
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