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Ch 1: History of American Law

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn about the different aspects of the history of American law. These engaging lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Chapter Summary and Objectives

The foundations of the current U.S. legal system go all the way back to when this country was first created. These foundations are strong, and they are constantly dictating what happens in every court of law in the land. This is why understanding the history of American law is so important when trying to understand the law as a whole.

In this chapter, our lessons will cover how American law originated from English common law, and will examine American business law. Specific aspects of the law will be discussed, such as why lower courts are bound by decisions higher courts make. Some of the more specific concepts that will be covered in these lessons include:

  • The purpose and explanation of business law
  • How American law traces its history to English Common Law
  • What stare decisis means
  • The definition of precedent

VideoObjective
American Law: History & Origins from English Common Law Explore the English common law origins of American law.
What Is Business Law? - Definition & Overview Examine the definition and purpose of business law.
Stare Decisis Doctrine: Definition & Example Cases Analyze what stare decisis and precedent mean.

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