Understanding the Basics of Law

Law is a body of rules that are enforced by governmental and social institutions. It has been called both the science of justice and the art of governance. In a state-enforced system, laws are made by the legislature or executive through decrees, or by judges. Private individuals may also create legally binding contracts or arbitration agreements.

Legal issues can arise out of planned or unexpected events. These may include family or work issues, or accusations of crime. Some of the most common legal problems are family issues, immigration, debt, and money issues. The government and courts have websites that provide information for consumers and young people about their legal rights. A quick Google search for “law” can reveal a wealth of resources.

The various types of law are described in numerous articles. Some provide background on the history of the subject and describe legal training. Others outline how law affects social issues. For example, articles on international law discuss the rights of immigrants and stateless persons. Other articles on law discuss the various systems of law, including the common law, Islamic Shari’ah, and Jewish Talmud.

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