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Chapter 1 Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning     See Separate Lecture Outline System I NTRODUCTION The first chapters in Unit 1 provide the background for the entire course.  Chapter 1 sets the stage.  At this point, it is important to establish goals and objectives.  For your students to benefit from this course, they must understand that (1) the law is a set of general rules, (2) that, in applying these general rules, a judge cannot always fit a case to suit a rule, so must fit (or find) a rule to suit the case,  (3)  that, in fitting (or finding) a rule, a judge must also supply reasons for the decision. The tension in the law between the need for stability, predictability, and continuity, and the need for change is one of the major concepts introduced in this chapter.  The answer to the question, “What is the law?,” includes how jurists have answered it, how common law courts originated, and the rationale for the doctrine of stare decisis . Another major concept in the chapter involves the distinctions among today’s sources of law and a dis- tinction in its different classifications.  The sources include the federal constitution and federal laws, state con- 1
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2             INSTRUCTOR’S MANUAL TO ACCOMPANY  BUSINESS LAW , ELEVENTH EDITION stitutions and statutes (including the UCC), local ordinances, administrative agency regulations, and case law. The classification is the distinction between civil and criminal law.  These sources and categories give students a framework on which to hang the mass of principles known as the law.   When they have learned how to distinguish and categorize the law—which is a skill the study of law requires—they will have begun to, in the words of John Jay Osborn’s fictional Professor Kingsfield in  The Paper Chase , “think like lawyers.” A DDITIONAL  R ESOURCES A UDIO  & V IDEO  S UPPLEMENTS The following  audio and video supplements  are related to topics discussed in this chapter— PowerPoint Slides To highlight some of this chapter’s key points, you might use the Lecture Review PowerPoint slides compiled for Chapter 1. South-Western’s Business Law Video Series The situational video   Introduction to Business Law   may be of interest to your students in their coverage of the topics in this chapter. Other Videos The Making of a Case —This video provides both a pleasant and appropriate conclusion to Chapter 1.
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