Law in Our Lives is a law and society text that provides an interdisciplinary "mapping" of the nature of law as a social institution. The book is student-oriented and highly readable. Themes addressed include: * The meaning of law and legal reasoning. * Law in relation to justice, morality, and religion. * Explaining law and society: schools of jurisprudence and sociolegal theories. * Major legal traditions and systems of law. * Perspectives on comparative law. * A life in the legal profession. * An overview of legal institutions and processes. * Legal culture and beliefs about law and legal behavior. * Legal ethics. * Legal socialization. * How law has been reformed. * Emerging attributes of law in the 21st century.