Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe how law is used in politics.
  • Identify three key functions of the court system and why they’re important.
  • Describe the role of trial and appellate courts, which is good to know anyway in the event you find yourself in one.
  • Identify different types of legal systems because it’s always handy to know what laws you’re breaking following.
  • Understand the various philosophies of jurisprudence so you pass this class.
  • Distinguish between some different types of law.
  • Explain the purpose of constitutional review.