The law as it is is the subject of this textbookish survey--and by that, Swiger, a lawyer, means the law as it is written, not (as in Archer's entry, above) the way it actually works out. The book is methodically organized, with twelve chapters on such general subjects as working, driving, marriage, and crimes further broken down (work permits, hours limitations, employment discrimination) for easy access. Within each category federal and representative state laws are summarized and excerpted, with important variations and exceptions noted. But because state laws do differ so, none of this is as useful at the handbook level as it might seem at first--though it does provide an orientation. In The Law and You (1973), Swiger combined rambling, complicated explanations with a babyish, first-person framework; she avoids those mistakes here by sticking to a dry-as-dust presentation that seems tailored for classroom study.