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Introduction To Legal Studies, 1st Edition

By Frances E. Chapman
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424 pages
ISBN-10: 0176503382
ISBN-13: 9780176503383
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 1st

Introduction to Legal Studies, First Edition presents students with information surrounding the interpretation of laws, societal factors that are taken into account when creating laws, and the effects that those laws have on society, using the case law-based method employed at Canadian law schools. In this text, students will also be exposed to the fundamentals of the Canadian legal system
in several areas of the law, including ethics and professional responsibility, civil litigation,
tort law, contract law, administrative law, family law, constitutional law, criminal law, criminal
procedure, evidence, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, criminal defences, criminal
sentencing, and alternative dispute resolution.


  • Learning Objectives: Each chapter begins with Learning Objectives to help students understand what issues will be raised in the chapter. These Learning Objectives are then revisited and summarized at the end of the chapter.
  • Case boxes are used throughout the text to illustrate concepts and have the students connect with the legal principles.
  • Food for Thought and other boxes are used in this text to help provide additional and interesting examples for students to challenge their assumptions about the law.
  • Self-Evaluation Questions at the end of each chapter act as a study tool to guide students on important elements of the chapter.
  • Chapter 13, A Delicate Balance, explores the ramifications when the "law goes wrong." It explores the consequences when the law is manipulated and used for bad instead of good.
  • Balanced coverage of Criminal and Civil law

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Legal Professionals, Rules of Professional Conduct, and Legal Ethics
  • Chapter 3: Civil Litigation
  • Chapter 4: Contract Law
  • Chapter 5: Tort Law
  • Chapter 6: Family Law
  • Chapter 7: Administrative Law
  • Chapter 8: Constitutional Law
  • Chapter 9: Criminal Law
  • Chapter 10: The Charter, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence
  • Chapter 11: Criminal Law Defences
  • Chapter 12: Sentencing and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Chapter 13: A Delicate Balance
  • Appendix - Becoming a Lawyer
  • References
  • Glossary
  • Index

Author Information

Frances E. Chapman

Frances Chapman is an Assistant Professor (Legal Studies & Criminology) at St. Jerome's University, an affiliate of the University of Waterloo. She has completed a B.A. from the University of Waterloo, a LL.B. from University of Western Ontario, and a LL.M. from University of Western Ontario.