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Law 101: Fundamentals of the Law

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Law 101: Fundamentals of Law, New York and Federal Law is an attempt to provide basic legal concepts of the law to undergraduates in easily understood plain English. Each chapter covers a different area of the law. Areas of law were selected based on what legal matters undergraduates may typically encounter in their daily lives. The textbook is introductory by nature and not meant as a legal treatise.

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Chapter 1 – MAJOR FACTORS IN CHOOSING AND WORKING WITH AN ATTORNEY
Chapter 2 – COMPARING AND CONTRASTING CIVIL AND CRIMINAL LAW
Chapter 3 – NEW YORK STATE AND FEDERAL COURT STRUCTURE AND SOURCES OF LAW
Chapter 4 – HOW THE UNITED STATES AND NEW YORK STATE CONSTITUTIONS AFFECTS OUR LIVES
Chapter 5 – THE PATH OF A NEW YORK STATE CRIMINAL CASE
Chapter 6 – TRAFFIC STOPS & DWI
Chapter 7 – DISCRIMINATION LAW
Chapter 8 – THE PATH OF A CIVIL TORT CASE
Chapter 9 – MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW
Chapter 10 – COMMON ESTATE PLANNING PROCESSES AND DOCUMENTS
Chapter 11 – TAXES
Chapter 12 – REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS
Chapter 13 – RESIDENTIAL LEASE TRANSACTIONS
Chapter 14 – ELEMENTS OF A CONTRACT, CONSUMER PROTECTIONS, AND BANKRUPTCY
Chapter 15 – PRIVACY



Michael H. Martella

Michael H. Martella is an Assistant Professor at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. He is also the Director of the college’s ABA Approved Paralegal Studies Program. He has taught CRJ 101, Constitutional Law, Law 101, Domestic Relations, Introduction to Paralegal Studies, and Trusts and Estates. He has been a practicing attorney in the state of New York since 1982.