The treatment of foundational legal concepts in introductory criminal justice textbooks
School of Criminal Justice
College of Community and Public Service
Understanding the United States legal system and the way in which laws are created is essential for the criminal justice student. This study examines the coverage and depth of treatment in introductory criminal justice textbooks of basic legal concepts, ranging from the organization of the court system and the difference between enacted law and common law to the ways in which laws are created, theories of jurisprudence, and the difference between primary law and secondary law. The authors will further discuss the impact of gaps in coverage of these foundational legal concepts on students' preparation for upper-level criminal justice courses.
Stevens, Ruth, "The treatment of foundational legal concepts in introductory criminal justice textbooks" (2010). Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants. Paper 99.
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