Law- May be viewed as a collection of rules or principles that limit and direct human behavior.
- it creates predictability and some uniformity of acceptable social behavior.
- Laws in different jurisdictions reflect other social norms.
- help define social behavior.
- restrict activities that damage public interest
- restricts behavior outside of ethical norms.
- encourages certain social and political goals.
What makes a rule a law?
The enforceability of the government system.
What are laws used for?
Creating social change (ie: Legalization of marijuana in certain states)
Courts are one mechanism for resolving disputes. Businesses turning to formal private
settlement techniques. (alternative agreements outside of the courts)
Sources of Law in the United States:
(Hierarchy of Law)
Constitution (Highest source of law)
Federal & State Legislatures -
Every state has a constitution. Fed/State Courts, Post
Office, Federal Legislatures: Congress, House of Rep. State Legislatures: Columbia, SC.
Administrative Agencies & Regulations-
Rules that agencies make must “enable statues”
Judiciary and Common Law
International Sources of Law
Fundamental Law of the land
Establishes limits and power of government
Oldest written constitution in force in the world.
Establishes Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches of government…
separation of powers)
Legislative: Makes Law, Executive: Enforces Law Judicial: Interprets law
State Constitutions: Create leg, exec, and judicial branches of state gov
Long and detailed
Amending a state constitution is MUCH EASIER than US Constitution