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THE BOWEN-MERRILL COMPANY
THE BOBBS-MERRILL COMPANY
DEC 23 1925
PREFACE TO REVISED EDITION
This revision of the "Manual of Elementary Law" is the product of several years use of the book by the editor as a text for classroom instruction. Its object is to bring the original edition down to date and make it harmonize with modern tendencies in legal development. It seeks to give a bird's-eye view of the law, classified and organized along lines followed in modern law schools and in legal literature.
The editor has proceeded on the theory that such a volume would be of service to two classes of students and readers. The first class are pre-legal students, Some place before the student enters upon the specialized study of the law, he needs to be informed as to the meaning of the terms which he must needs employ from the moment he studies his first assignment, the general classification of the subject-matter, and its place in the social order. The purpose of such a volume is not to impart a legal education or to duplicate certain portions of professional study, but to bring to the student an appreciation of the nature, character and fundamental conceptions of the law, and to vitalize its study by showing its fundamental relation to the processes of social evolution as well as to the practical affairs of everyday life.
The second theory followed in the revision of the volume is that it would be valuable to that much larger class of students interested in some phase of the social sciences. No scheme of education in these subjects would seem complete unless it involved some