Most law students will readily admit that the law school experience presents moments of confusion that sometimes expand to days, weeks or months. Perhaps a law professor has referred to something as being a matter of “private law” or made reference to a “secondary authority.” You are not alone if these distinctions elude you.
If you are perplexed about the difference between public and private law, or between primary and secondary authorities or other foundations of the U.S. legal system, you need go no further than your local law library. One of our new acquisitions, Professor E. Allan Farnsworth’s simple (but not simpleminded) book, An Introduction to the Legal System of the United States, answers these questions and many more. It is a small but mighty collection of valuable, authoritative information that is bound to answer some questions for you.
You might also be interested in this title in the law library:
Law 101 : everything you need to know about the American legal system, by Jay M. Feinman.