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This book presents the fundamentals of formal legal study by introducing the reader to legal problem solving and providing an understanding of the language of law. It also surveys the structure of the legal system in Canada, the sources of our laws and the distinction between public and private law. This new edition has been brought fully up to date to take account of changes in the court structure and in the administration of the profession. The author addresses developing issues such as specialization in the legal profession and contingent fees. References are also included to recent judicial decisions and to recent academic writing. Whether researching law as a career, familiarizing yourself with the role of lawyers or looking for a concise explanation of the Canadian legal system, Introduction to the Study of Law, 7th Edition is the perfect resource for insight and perspective.