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I. Introduction 1. Law as politics Key definitions The legal system The law The legal process Outline of what follows 2. The law The abstract definition of law The structure of American law Justice and the law Conclusion. II. The outer ring: Disputes and disputants 3. Disputing processes Dispute-processing arenas Experience and disputing Conclusion 4. Disputes in and out of court Divorce, children, and property Consumer credit Commercial litigation Politics, disputes, and the law Conclusion 5. Using the law to promote public order and safety Victims and their decision to invoke the criminal law Public authorities and the invocation of the criminal law Offenders and the criminal law Conclusion. III. Gatekeepers 6. Lawyers as gatekeepers The structure of the bar Implications for gatekeeping Political, social, and economic factors in gatekeeping Three examples of gatekeeping Conclusion 7. The police as gatekeepers The structure of American police The composition of police departments Gatekeeping activities of the police Conclusion. IV. Core institutions of the legal system 8. Trial courts Common elements of trial courts Distinctive features of trial courts Economics and trial courts Politics and trial courts Conclusion 9. Appellate courts The appeals process The legal and political functions of appellate courts A special case: The United States Supreme Court Conclusion 10. Legislatures The legislative process Relations between legislatures and courts Legislative law making Conclusion 11. Administrative agencies Implementation of law and policy Administrative rule making Administrative adjudication Conclusion. V. Constraints on the law 12. The limits of law and politics Divorce law reform Criminal code reform Conclusion.