Ch 2: Legal Classifications & Principles

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Use the fun lessons, short quizzes and practice exam in this engaging chapter to quickly improve your understanding of various legal classifications and principles. These study resources can help you earn course credit, improve your grades or prepare for an upcoming test.

Legal Classifications & Principles - Chapter Summary

If you need help understanding different legal classifications and principles, you've reached the right place! This entertaining chapter offers a comprehensive overview of topics that include standard of proof in law, statutory law and the stare decisis doctrine. Explore the lessons anytime, in any order and as often as you'd like. Reach out to our subject-matter experts if you have questions about concepts examined in this chapter. Our multiple-choice quizzes and practice exam can check your comprehension of the lessons. Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Define and share examples of common law and statutory law
  • Differentiate between substantive law and procedural law
  • Compare and contrast public law and private law
  • Explain differences between criminal law and civil law
  • Share the definition and examples of constitutional law
  • List and describe standards of proof in law
  • Give example cases of the stare decisis doctrine
  • Provide the definition and examples of legal precedent
  • Discuss the meaning and share examples of a long arm statute

10 Lessons in Chapter 2: Legal Classifications & Principles
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What Is Common Law? - Definition & Examples

1. What Is Common Law? - Definition & Examples

After you complete this lesson, you will understand what constitutes common law. Moreover, you will learn the doctrine of stare decisis and review an example where common law is utilized.

What Is Statutory Law? - Definition, Cases & Examples

2. What Is Statutory Law? - Definition, Cases & Examples

After you complete this lesson, you will be able to identify and understand what constitutes a statutory law. Moreover, you will review a significant Supreme Court case related to the subject and review some examples of statutory laws.

Substantive Law vs. Procedural Law: Definitions and Differences

3. Substantive Law vs. Procedural Law: Definitions and Differences

Substantive law and procedural law work together to ensure that in a criminal or civil case, the appropriate laws are applied and the proper procedures are followed to bring a case to trial. In this lesson, we'll discuss the differences between the two and how they relate to the legal system as a whole.

Public Law vs. Private Law: Definitions and Differences

4. Public Law vs. Private Law: Definitions and Differences

The simple difference between public and private law is in those that each affects. Public law affects society as a whole, while private law affects individuals, families, businesses and small groups.

Criminal Law vs. Civil Law: Definitions and Differences

5. Criminal Law vs. Civil Law: Definitions and Differences

There are two main classifications of law. Criminal laws regulate crimes, or wrongs committed against the government. Civil laws regulate disputes between private parties. This lesson explains the main differences between criminal and civil law.

What Is Constitutional Law? - Definition & Example

6. What Is Constitutional Law? - Definition & Example

Constitutional law deals with the understanding and use of the United States Constitution. This lesson will define and discuss constitutional law, while examining several famous constitutional law cases.

Standard of Proof in Law: Definition & Cases

7. Standard of Proof in Law: Definition & Cases

Standard of proof refers to the amount of evidence required to prove a legal claim or assertion. This lesson will introduce you to the different standards of proof and some of the cases associated with those standards.

Stare Decisis Doctrine: Definition & Example Cases

8. Stare Decisis Doctrine: Definition & Example Cases

The doctrines of stare decisis and precedent are the foundations of our American common law system. This lesson explains what these doctrines are and how they are used.

Precedent: Definition, Law & Examples

9. Precedent: Definition, Law & Examples

After you complete this lesson, you will understand what constitutes legal precedent. Moreover, you will examine the law and examples in order to gain a thorough understanding of precedent.

Long Arm Statute: Definition & Example

10. Long Arm Statute: Definition & Example

Long-arm statute refers to the jurisdiction a court has over out-of-state defendant corporations. International Shoe v. State of Washington was a landmark case that set precedent for establishing the right for government to use the long-arm statute to bring an action against a defendant corporation.

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