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Chapter 1 outline

Chapter 1 outline - Chapter 1 Introduction to Law and Legal...

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Chapter 1: Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning Law consists of enforceable rules governing relationships among individuals and between individuals and their societies. One of the most important functions of law is to provide stability, predictability, and continuity so that people can sure of how to order their affairs. The stability and predictability created by the law provide an essential framework for all civilized activities. Jurisprudence : the philosophy and the study of law. Jurisprudence implies creating a body of law and methods for interpreting the law, studying the relationships between law and society, and predicting the effects of legal decisions. Schools of Jurisprudential thought : judges are not free to decide cases solely on their personal views or opinion. A judge’s function is not to make the laws, but to interpret and apply them. But the courts play a big role in defining what the law is because laws enacted by legislative bodies tend to broad, leaving judges some flexibility in interpreting and applying the law.
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