The American Legal System Takes Its Roots From The English Common Law, But Departs From There.

While even today you'll find many similarities between the American system and the English, the two bodies of law are distinct. We speak of practicing common law here in the United States, but it is a flavor uniquely our own. This site is devoted as a resource to help you understand better our legal system and to guide you when consulting an attorney, or studying the law.

The information on this site is of a general nature. Variations of the concepts illustrated here may exist in your jurisdiction. This site is not intended to serve as legal advice or to help you make legal decisions. Rather we hope you'll utilize the information here to help you get a better grasp on what's happening in your own legal proceedings, or to help you study the law as a student of the American system.

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