Course Details

American Jurisprudence

This course is an examination of ideas about American law from the late eighteenth to the early twenty-first century. General themes pursued throughout include the significance of law in the structure of American social and economic institutions; the political, social and economic contexts of legislative and judicial action; jurisprudential ideologies; the evolution of the American common law and the relationship of law to politics. It is, simply stated, an examination of how law professors, lawyers, politicians, and everyday Americans think about the law. Registration Requirements: The course is open to international LLMs only. There are no particular requirements other than those to register. Evaluation method: One Final exam. Course Materials (note the new book for fall 2017): Stephen B. Presser, Law Professors: Three Centuries of Shaping American Law (West Academic Publishing, 2017)

Catalog Number: LAWSTUDY 801
Practice Areas: Constitutional LawLegal History
Additional Course Information: LLM Candidates only


Course History

Fall 2017
Title: American Jurisprudence
Faculty: Presser, Stephen B. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 41

Fall 2016
Title: American Jurisprudence
Faculty: Presser, Stephen B. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 24

Fall 2015
Title: American Jurisprudence
Faculty: Presser, Stephen B. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 61

Spring 2015
Title: American Jurisprudence
Faculty: Speta, James B. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 66     Actual: 67

Fall 2014
Title: American Jurisprudence
Faculty: Presser, Stephen B. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 65