Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
The Supreme Court in the American Legal System

The Supreme Court in the American Legal System


  • Date Published: August 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521780384

$ 96.00

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an evaluation copy?

This title is not currently available for evaluation. However, if you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an evaluation copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • This book examines the American legal system, including a comprehensive treatment of the U.S. Supreme Court. Despite this treatment, the 'in' from the title deserves emphasis, for it extensively examines lower courts, providing separate chapters on state courts, the US District Courts, and the US Courts of Appeals. The book analyzes these courts from a legal/extralegal framework, drawing different conclusions about the relative influence of each based on institutional structures and empirical evidence. The book is also tied together through its attention to the relationship between lower courts and the Supreme Court. Additionally, Election 2000 litigation provides a common substantive topic linking many of the chapters. Finally, it provides extended coverage to the legal process, with separate chapters on civil procedure, evidence, and criminal procedure.

    • Comprehensive treatment of American courts
    • Original research with online replication data and commands
    • Chapters on judicial process (civil procedure, evidence, and criminal procedure)
    Read more

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521780384
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 242 x 160 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.702kg
    • contains: 28 b/w illus. 57 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of tables
    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Judicial policy making
    2. Approaches to judicial decision making
    3. The Supreme Court in American legal history
    Part II. Judicial Process:
    4. Civil procedure
    5. Evidence
    6. Criminal procedure
    Part III. Lower Courts in the American Legal System:
    7. State courts
    8. The U.S. district courts
    9. The U.S. courts of appeals
    Part IV. The Supreme Court:
    10. Staffing the court
    11. Getting into court
    12. Supreme Court decision making
    13. Opinions and assignments
    Part V. Impact:
    14. The impact of judicial decisions
    Case index.
    General index.

  • Resources for

    The Supreme Court in the American Legal System

    Jeffrey A. Segal, Harold J. Spaeth, Sara C. Benesh

    Lecturer Resources

    Find resources associated with this title

    Type Name Unlocked * Format Size

    Showing of

    Back to top

    *This title has one or more locked files and access is given only to lecturers adopting the textbook for their class. We need to enforce this strictly so that solutions are not made available to students. To gain access to locked resources you either need first to sign in or register for an account.

    These resources are provided free of charge by Cambridge University Press with permission of the author of the corresponding work, but are subject to copyright. You are permitted to view, print and download these resources for your own personal use only, provided any copyright lines on the resources are not removed or altered in any way. Any other use, including but not limited to distribution of the resources in modified form, or via electronic or other media, is strictly prohibited unless you have permission from the author of the corresponding work and provided you give appropriate acknowledgement of the source.

    If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

  • Authors

    Jeffrey A. Segal, State University of New York
    Jeffrey A. Segal is Professor of Political Science at Stony Brook University. He received his Ph.D. in 1983 from Michigan State University. He is co-author of six books, including, most recently, The Supreme Court and the Attitudinal Model Revisited (Cambridge University Press, 2002, with Harold J. Spaeth). He is also author of Majority Rule or Minority Will (Cambridge University Press 1999, with Harold J. Spaeth), which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for best book on law and courts. Segal has also published dozens of scholarly articles, including Predicting Supreme Court Cases Probabilistically: The Search and Seizure Cases, 1962-1981, which won the Wadsworth Award for book or article 10 or more years old that has made a lasting impression on the field of law and courts.

    Harold J. Spaeth, Michigan State University
    Harold J. Spaeth is a professor of political science at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. He is author or co-author of sixteen books, including Stare Indecisis: The Alteration of Precedent on the Supreme Court, 1946–1992 with Saul Brenner, The Supreme Court and the Attitudinal Model Revisited with Jeffrey A. Segal, and Majority Rule or Minority Will with Jeffrey A. Segal. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law and Courts section of the American Political Science Association and served as principal investigator of the United States Supreme Court Judicial Databases.

    Sara C. Benesh, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
    Sara C. Benesh is Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She previously taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of New Orleans. She was awarded a grant for research from the National Science Foundation. She is the author of The U.S. Courts of Appeals and the Law of Confessions: Perspectives on the Hierarchy of Justice (LFB Scholarly Publishing, 2002).

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.