Teen Legal Rights
, 3rd Edition
by David L. Hudson Jr.
March 2015, 354pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-699-9
$98, £73, 82€, A140
eBook Available: 978-1-61069-700-2
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In 2013, California enacted a law to give teens an “online eraser button.”

The only book of its kind to examine all aspects of a young adult's legal rights at school, at work, and at home, including recent developments in teen-oriented legislation.

Widespread Internet use and evolving privacy concerns compromise the legal rights of teenagers. While smart phones, social networking, and online music downloading pose new legal complications for teens and their parents to navigate, the Supreme Court has grappled with rights concerning every aspect of a young adult’s life long before now. This newly updated text, written in accessible language and presented through an informal FAQ format, simplifies the laws, rights, and constitutional implications affecting young people today.

In an easy-to-understand, non-intimidating style, First Amendment scholar David L. Hudson Jr. provides an authoritative analysis of the judicial system, utilizing actual court cases and legal arguments to help teens better understand their rights under the law. Additionally, the text presents recent changes and interpretations of legal areas still in debate. This third edition features an updated examination of recent topics that includes cyberbullying, “sexting,” social media privacy, and illegal downloads of online content.


  • Includes excerpted primary sources and thought-provoking sidebars that allow readers to directly engage with the law
  • Provides simple and straightforward answers to common legal concerns and questions asked by teens and parents
  • Reveals areas of the law that are still in debate
  • Clarifies what kind of speech is permissible online and the occasions when parents and schools can legally limit what is expressed
David L. Hudson Jr., JD, is an attorney, educator, and author who has authored, coauthored, or coedited more than 40 books. He serves as director of academic affairs and legal writing at the Nashville School of Law and also teaches at Vanderbilt Law School and Belmont University College of Law. His published works include Praeger's The Rehnquist Court: Understanding Its Impact and Legacy; Let The Students Speak!: A History of the Fight for Free Expression in American Schools; and Rights of Students, Second Edition. Hudson received his juris doctor degree from Vanderbilt University.
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