The Spirit of American Law


This collection of readings is intended as a broad introduction to the roots, practice, and future of law in America. Compiled from the recommended reading lists for first-year students from over eighty law schools, the selections in this anthology were chosen to explore broad subjects rather than specific niches of law. The readings have been selected largely from books with appeal to the general public; only the concluding section contains articles from legal periodicals. Professor Grossman has chosen readings that illustrate the defining characteristics of America's legal profession, the philosophical issues that underlie the day-to-day practice of law, and the social consequences of sometimes abstract legal decisions. The organization is largely chronological -- thirty-three readings divided into sections on the roots, growth, and future of an American institution.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Mark E. Neely Jr.
  • Osmond K. Fraenkel
  • Richard Kluger
  • Jonathan Harr
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boulder, CO
Publication year:
  • 2000


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