What Is Law?


Law is a set of rules that are created and enforced by social or governmental institutions to regulate behavior. Its precise definition is a matter of longstanding debate. Laws can cover many different subjects including family, criminal, real estate and corporate/business.

The legal system allows for individuals to have their rights protected and provides an impartial way of settling disputes. It is the basis for our society and helps ensure we have a safe and peaceful world.

A career in Law is challenging and rewarding. Lawyers often specialize in one area of law or work for a large Law firm where they handle several areas of law for various clients. Law firms offer excellent training and mentoring programs that can help you advance your career.

The Rule of Law is a concept that demands that laws be transparent and open to the public so they can be scrutinized by a public that knows what they contain. It also requires that those who enforce the law be independent and impartial. This tradition goes back to Aristotle, through the medieval philosophers and the modern Enlightenment thinkers like Montesquieu and Montesquieu’s successors.

Laws also must be general in nature rather than aimed at particular groups or individual individuals. This is a practical requirement, because otherwise law can be used to embody and inscribe injustice: antebellum slave law, apartheid law, etc. It is also a philosophical requirement, because it is difficult to make laws that are morally and ethically just if they are confined to specific cases.

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