Outline of law

Law (article link) is the set of rules and principles (laws) by which a society is governed, through enforcement by governmental authorities. Law is also the field which concerns the creation and administration of laws, and includes any and all legal systems.

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to law:

Nature of law

Law can be described as all of the following:

  • Academic discipline body of knowledge given to - or received by - a disciple (student); a branch or sphere of knowledge, or field of study, that an individual has chosen to specialise in.
    • one of the humanities academic discipline that study the human condition, using methods that are primarily analytical, critical, or speculative, as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural sciences.
  • System set of elements (often called 'components' instead) and relationships which are different from relationships of the set or its elements to other elements or sets.
    • part of the legal system legal scholarship and practice shapes how law is interpreted and applied in societies

Law by source

Branches of law

Public law

Public law

Administrative law

Criminal law

Substantive law and adjectival law

Law of persons

Civil law

Laws by jurisdictional scope


History of law

People who have influenced law

Canon law

Civil law

Common law


Sources of law




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