Welcome to the Companion Site!

This site is intended to enhance your use of Law and Society, Second Edition, by Matthew Lippman. Please note that all the materials on this site are especially geared toward maximizing your understanding of the material.

Law and Society, Second Edition, offers a contemporary, concise overview of the structure and function of legal institutions, along with a lively discussion of both criminal and civil law and their impact on society. Unlike other books on law and society, Matthew Lippman takes an interdisciplinary approach that highlights the relevance of the law throughout our society. Distinctive coverage of diversity, inequality, civil liberties, and globalism is intertwined through an organized theme in a strong narrative.

The highly anticipated Second Edition of this practical and invigorating text introduces students to both the influence of law on society and the influence of society on the law. Discussions of the pressing issues facing today’s society include key topics such as the law and inequality, international human rights, privacy and surveillance, and law and social control.


We gratefully acknowledge Matthew Lippman for writing an excellent text and for reviewing the assets on this site. Special thanks are also due to Ann Frost and Barry Davis for creating the ancillaries on this site.