It would be a hopeless and a useless task for the law student to undertake the study of the legal systems of all countries. The greater majority of nations have contributed little or nothing to the wealth of the world's jurisprudence. Three nations, among the vast number of those of past and present times, stand out as the great law-developing nations of the world. These three are Babylonia, Rome, and England. The work of Greece is important, not for what she herself accomplished, but for the influence which she exercised upon the development of Roman law. It is to the legal history of these four countries, together with that of our own, that the balance of this volume has been devoted. The accounts of the jurisprudence of the three earlier nations have of necessity been made very brief, but a more detailed treatment has been attempted of the laws and institutions of the two English-speaking nations.