Law in Our Lives provides a broad, interdisciplinary "mapping" of the nature of law as a social institution. Themes addressed in this student-oriented text include: The meaning of law and legal reasoning. Law in relation to justice, morality, and religion. Explaining law and society: schools of jurisprudence and sociolegal theories. Major legal traditions and systems of law. Perspectives on comparative law. A life in the legal profession. An overview of legal institutions and processes. Legal culture and beliefs about law and legal behavior. Legal ethics. Legal socialization. How law has been reformed. Emerging attributes of law in the 21st century. Pedagogical features include the following: Combines readability with contemporary controversies to capture and sustain student interest. Integrates numerous examples to illuminate concepts and perspectives. Lists key terms. Includes discussion questions. Features boxes, tables, and figures. Offers a case briefing guide. Includes an extensive reference section. No other text offers students a more comprehensive introduction to understanding law and society.