Law School for Everyone by Professor Edward K. Cheng, Joseph L. Hoffmann, Molly Bishop Shadel, and Peter J. Smith
In the first part, Litigation and Legal Practice, as the name conveys, it’s about the general description of legal procedures in America. Its contents are opening statements, direct examination, art of objection, problematic evidence, control cross-examination, closing arguments, appellate process, arguing before the Supreme Court.
The second part – Criminal Law and Procedure is written by Joseph L. Hoffmannm, J.D., the topics covers who defines crimes, and how, crime and the guilty mind, homicide and moral culpability, the law of self-defense, federal crimes and federal power, cruel and unusual punishments, due process and the right to counsel, government searches and privacy rights, the shrinking warrant requirement, the fifth amendment privilege, Miranda and police interrogations, plea bargains, jury trials, and justice.
The third topic – Civil Procedure, is about the procedures that courts follow to resolve disputes about substantive rights including the rights about torts, contracts, or any other subject. The contents include procedural rights and why they matter, subject matter jurisdiction, jurisdiction over the defendant, a modern approach to personal jurisdiction, the role of pleadings, understanding complex litigation, the use and abuse of discovery, deciding a case before the trial ends, the right to a civil jury trial, determining what law applies, re-litigation and preclusion, appeals and how they are judged.
The fourth topic – Torts is broadly more relevant to our daily life. It covers
the calamitous world of tort law, legal duty to others, reasonable care and reasonable person, rules versus standards of care, the complexities and factual causation, legal causation and foresee-ability, liability for the acts of others, when tort plaintiffs share the blame, animals, blasting, and strict liability, products liability today, punitive damages and their limits.