Introduction to Law and Legal Systems
What Is Law?
s Law Dictionary
says that law is “a body of rules of action or conduct prescribed by
controlling authority, and having binding legal force. That which must be obeyed and followed
by citizens subject to sanctions or legal consequence is a law.”
, 6th ed.,
1.1 Functions of the Law
In a nation, the law can serve to (1) keep the peace, (2) maintain the status quo, (3) preserve
individual rights, (4) protect minorities against majorities, (5) promote social justice, and (6)
provide for orderly social change. Some legal systems serve these purposes better than others.