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The Legal Environment
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Enforceable rules What is meant by enforceable? Examples Notice for quitting a job Tour de France Others
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Constitutions (+Treaties) Statutes Regulations Private law (contracts) Court cases (common law) Interpreting the above In situations where no other source
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Why needed Constitution Practical reasons Examples Drinking Age (Reason?) Contract Child support Probate
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1790:  3 million people 2008:  Over 300 million people Still, one president, one Congress, One Supreme  Court Consequence:  Agencies Can perform all 3 functions of govt.
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Court decisions Become precedent for later similar cases ( stare  decisis) Goal is for the law to be common, or the same, in all  courts of the jurisdiction Used where no statute Used where statute is vague or does not address a  situation
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Questions of Law What the law means How the law applies
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