Law is a system of rules that are enforced through social institutions to govern behavior. It is a formal means of social control, and is determined by legislatures or by the executive through decrees and regulations, often with binding precedent.
There are many different kinds of laws, but they all serve a similar purpose. They are intended to protect people and ensure that all parties involved in an activity will be treated equally.
A law is a rule that must be followed, or it may be broken and punished. For example, if you are caught stealing, you might be fined or sent to jail depending on the law in question.
The word law can also be used to describe a set of laws, such as all the laws in a country or state. For example, if you say that murder is against the law in this city, it means that killing is not allowed.
– A law is a statement of invariable relationships among phenomena under specific conditions, usually idealized. Examples of physical laws include Boyle’s law, which describes what will happen to the volume of an ideal gas under changing pressure and temperature.
In general, a law is a system of rules that can be applied to all aspects of life. Some laws are common, like the rules of etiquette, while others are more specialized, such as flight control law in a fly-by-wire aircraft.
Legal research materials are books, journals, and encyclopedias that contain information about law and the legal system. They provide a basic overview of the subject and may include footnotes to statutes, case law, and other primary sources.
Treatises are scholarly publications that focus on an area of law, and are available in print in the Reserve Reading Room or online in Lexis Advance or Westlaw. These treatises are written by leading attorneys in the field, and they provide in-depth discussions of an area of law with references to primary sources (e.g. Wigmore on Evidence or Corbin on Contracts).
These treatises are often multi-volume sets and cover topics in a specific subject area. They are useful for obtaining in-depth knowledge of an area of law, and they can be particularly helpful when studying in-depth for a course.
Constitutional law is a form of legal theory that determines the scope of government in a particular country, and how it can be interpreted by judges. It has a strong political and philosophical element, which has led to a variety of theories about how to read it correctly and apply it effectively.
Administrative law is a system of rules and procedures that govern the operation of an agency, or group of agencies, under the authority of a government entity, such as a state or federal agency. It is a subset of civil law and includes regulations, rules, and orders issued by governmental agencies as well as cases or other writings by administrative law judges or other members of the executive branch.