Types of Law

The legal system usually distinguishes between procedural law and substantive law. Substantive law is also known as subject matter law. Subject matter areas of law are areas in which an attorney might specialize. For instance, contract law, tort law, elder law, and intellectual property law are just some of the many different subject matter areas within the study of law. Attorneys often choose to specialize in a particular area of law simply because there are so many areas of study within the law.

This section discusses the different types of procedural law. Procedural law deals with the processes that courts use to decide cases. Procedural areas of the law are designated to ensure due process, which means that all parties in a ...

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