Looking at Law: Canada's Legal System, 7th Edition

Looking at Law: Canada's Legal System, 7th Edition
Lexis Nexis Canada
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August 2019
Introductory Law; Politics and Government

As the authors of this text explain in its opening chapter, understandings of the law provide valuable insight into the workings of society and the powers of the state: “Law is everywhere. It directly or indirectly influences how we live our lives and our relations with others. … In short, the study of law is important to more than just lawyers. It is important to us all.”

This is the backdrop for the 7th Edition of Looking at Law – Canada’s Legal System. This book surveys the nature, origins and operation of our legal system and addresses its role in a changing society. Intended for a broad readership, it is an accessible introduction to the area for initial undergraduate studies and, accompanied by more specialized readings, serves as a useful foundational reference for more advanced law studies.

A Comprehensive Overview
Extensively revised from previous versions, Looking at Law – Canada’s Legal System, 7th Edition provides an overview of Canada’s legal system, focusing on common law jurisdictions while examining its broader historical, social and political contexts. This volume offers a comprehensive overview of a range of topics, including: the concept of law; the sources of law; the doctrinal areas of law and procedure; the roles of lawyers, judges and other personnel; the courts and other forms of dispute resolution; and the prospects for reform and change through the law. These matters are placed in broader perspective, including the theories, histories, and broader contexts of Canada’s legal system.

An Indispensable Primer
This book would be a useful acquisition for:

  • Students engaged in undergraduate legal studies, or the study of politics, policy and society who will benefit from an introductory and interdisciplinary overview of Canada’s legal systems
  • Those considering professional law school or commencing professional law studies
  • Paralegals and law clerks who require an accessible introductory look at Canadian law
  • Non-legal professionals and members of the broader public who wish to know more about the law in Canada

In particular, the book considers:

  • Schools of legal thought and theory, including legal positivism and natural law, legal realism and critical legal studies, pluralism and post-colonialism and other interdisciplinary perspectives
  • The place of law in the processes of colonization and overview of the formal sources of law
  • An updated discussion of the Canadian constitution, parliamentary supremacy, federalism and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • An overview of different doctrinal areas of public and private law
  • A review of legal process, criminal and civil procedure, rules of evidence and burden of proof, and exploration of various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including the new Online Dispute Resolution (ODR)
  • Challenges of accessing the law, the personnel of law and legal education, including a review of the requirements for admission to the practice of law, from being accepted to law school to getting called to the bar
  • A discussion of the subjects, sources and structure of international law The potential for change by way of legislative law reform and rights struggles in the courts

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Looking at Law: Canada's Legal System, 7th Edition

Format: Print
Cover: Softcover
Status: Available

Price: $90.00